East Carolina Athletics, in partnership with the Pirate Club, has unveiled its $60 million “Pirates Unite” capital campaign. The campaign is set to include a series of projects according to Web page on the ECU Pirate Club websiteincluding a multipurpose indoor practice facility, the renovation of the Minges Coliseum, the expansion of the baseball building within Clark-LeClair Stadium, the new women’s swimming and diving locker room, the extra weights room, the expansion of the Williams-Harvey Teams Athletic Building, the Athletic Tender Specific Building, as well as Athletics Excellence Fund.
“Pirates Unite: The Campaign for Compensive Excellence is a bold $60 million fundraising campaign that was launched to create an opportunity for donors to partner and invest with ECU Athletics and the Pirate Club,” said John Gilbert, Director of Athletics at ECU. “This campaign will save significant funds, and essential training spaces that will transform our student-athlete experiences and impact our program’s ability to succeed.”
The biggest news of the campaign, and perhaps the worst hidden in Greenville, is the internship facility. There have been rumors for months that the facility will be included in the campaign. According to the website, the building will be a 101,000-square-foot enclosed, climate-controlled steel structure and include a 120-yard artificial turf soccer field. The facility is also expected to have garage doors where the football team can quickly get in and out in the event of a thunderstorm popping up. The facility is adjacent to the existing Cliff Moore practice facility, which is located entirely offshore. While the primary use will be soccer, other teams will have access to the indoor facility as well.
The campaign also includes an additional auxiliary weight room for the ECU’s athletics teams. All 18 sports, along with cheerleading, are currently running at the Murphy Center facility. The new gym, near the baseball field and the Olympic Sports Complex, is already under construction. It measures 7,000 square feet and features a feeding rod, indoor turf training area, additional strength training desks, and more. All the money for the weight room was collected, so construction has already begun.
Baseball building expansion, which was the vision of the head coach of the ECU Cliff Goodwin For a number of years now, it will see a new facility added to the existing stadium below the left field line, featuring a renovated and expanded players’ changing room, more player development areas, coaches’ locker room, coaches’ offices, open air, and a covered party deck for fans.
The Mingis Coliseum, home of the basketball teams and volleyball program, will also undergo a facelift. There will be new chair back seats on one side of the lower bowl, as well as new tall benches, and improved stadium seating.
The women’s dressing room, which has not been renovated since 1968, will be completely remodeled. The 2,400-square-foot space will contain 35 private lockers and a private shower area, among other things.
Additional offices, rooms and lockers will be added to the Williams Harvey Sports Building.
Fans can donate directly to each project or sport, On the ECU Pirate Club website.