Pirates' 2017 football schedule released

East Carolina University's football team will play seven home games in Greenvile's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the first time in school history, according to the 2017 schedule released today. And every game will be held on a Saturday -- no Thursday night match-ups! The Pirates, led by Coach Scottie Montgomery for the second year, will take on nine postseason qualifiers. "We are thankful and blessed to be in a position to compete in front of Pirate Nation on at least seven occasions, which will play a critically supportive role as it always does," Montgomery said in a press release. "We'll come out of the gate ready to go." Season tickets are on sale online, by phone at 252-737-4500 or at the ECU ticket box office beside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Priority seating deadline is April 1.

Here is the Pirates' 2017 football schedule: Sept. 2 -- James Madison (Pirate Club Day) Sept. 9 -- at West Virginia Sept. 16 -- Virginia Tech (Family Weekend, Paint It Gold) Sept. 30 -- USF (Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day) Oct. 7 -- Temple (Hall of Fame Day, Paint It Black) Oct.14 -- at UCF Oct. 21 -- BYU (Homecoming, Paint It Purple Oct. 28 -- at Houston Nov. 4 -- at Connecticut Nov. 11 -- Tulane (Military Appreciation Day) Nov. 18 -- Cincinnati (Senior Day) Nov. 25 -- at Memphis Dec. 2 -- American Athletics Conference Championship Game (highest-seed campus site) Dates are subject to change pending finalization of television scheduling.

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