East Carolina coach hopes for sea of purple at Military Bowl
Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina's head coach, said Tuesday that he hopes RFK Stadium is awash in purple when the Pirates (6-6) play Maryland in the Military Bowl on Dec 29.
East Carolina fans have already sold out their team hotel and bowl officials expect ECU fans to buy the school’s entire allotment of 10,000 tickets.
Bowl officials anticipate a crowd of 30,000 at the 45,423-seat stadium. That total includes more than 5,000 tickets given to the military and some 2,500 tickets for District youth.
Maryland officials have been concerned about whether the school will sell its allotment of 10,000 tickets because a portion of the fan base may feel that playing close to home is a letdown after a resurgent season.
Friedgen is hopeful for a large turnout by Maryland fans because he said they traveled well to East Coast bowl games this decade. He said they helped to sell out the Orange Bowl (2001 season) and the Gator Bowl (2003) and filled the school’s ticket allotment for the Chick-fil-A Bowl (2002) and Champs Sports Bowl (2006).
He said this season regular season attendance “was not what it has been.” Attendance issues helped cause Maryland to plummet to the eighth slot in the ACC bowl pecking order.
“We have a chance to send a message to these people who turned us down that we do support a bowl,” Friedgen said. “This is right in our back yard. East Carolina is going to show up. If we really care about our football program, our fans need to show up also.”
| December 7, 2010; 5:04 PM ET
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