Thank You Season Sponsors!

Join fellow alumni and fans for tailgating fun before each home football game at ECU. Enjoy a variety of food from local restaurants, beverages, live music and entertainment, door prizes and more. Our tailgates often get visits from the ECU Cheerleaders and PeeDee. This year, each tailgate will feature a craft brewery and one of their beers!

NEW THIS YEAR: Very Important Pirate (VIP) Experience
Members are granted access to the tailgate 30 minutes before the public. As part of the VIP Experience, members will be the first pirates to try our limited supply of featured craft brews and get settled for tailgate first. In addition to early tailgate access, members will be able to get exclusive member appreciation gifts. Enhance your tailgate by joining or renewing your membership at today to get the VIP experience.

For members of the alumni association, tickets are $15 for ages 11 and up and $5 for ages 10-3. For non-members, tickets are $25 for ages 11 and up and $10 for ages 10-3. All children 2 and under are free. Prices include NC sales tax. Member pricing is good for alumni association members and their dependents 22 years of age and younger. Visit the Membership page for details on how to become a member of the Alumni Association. 

Price includes food, beverages and entertainment. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some tailgates do sell out quickly, so plan to register in advance. Tickets are sold at the door only if space is available. 

Ticket orders received prior to August 18 will be mailed. Orders received on or after August 18 will be available at Buccaneer Buffet registration.

Event Times
Buccaneer Buffet begins three hours before kick-off and lasts two hours. New this year, members of the alumni association can enter a half-hour early, or three-and-a-half hours before kick-off. Dates and times are subject to change.

Location Information
Buccaneer Buffet is located at Johnson Soccer Stadium adjacent to Clark-LeClair Stadium. 

Away Game Events
Join the alumni association and ECU Pirate Club for events before the following away games:

  • South Carolina (September 17)
  • USF (October 7)
Members of the alumni association can register beginning Friday, July 1. If tickets are still available, non-members can register starting August 1. Register:

 Online Registration online is closed. Tickets are available at the door

By phone: call the Alumni Center at 800-ECU-GRAD

By fax: fax the registration form to 252-328-4369

By mail: send the registration form to:
East Carolina Alumni Association
Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center
Mail Stop 305
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858-4353



Saturday, September 3
Western Carolina vs. ECU

Tailgate: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Kick-off: 6:00 p.m.

Music By

VIP Member Appreciation Gift

Vanilla Sheet Cakes with Vanilla Buttercream
Cookies & Cream Mini Cupcakes
Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dipped Rice Krispy Treats


Saturday, September 10

Tailgate: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Kick-off: 12:00 noon

Music By

VIP Member Appreciation Gift

Breakfast Casserole (Sausage, Ham & Bacon)
Fried Chicken Wings
Cinnamon Apples
Assorted Biscuits
Assorted Croissants
Carnival, Sugar, Macadamia Nut, and Snickerdoodle Cookies


Saturday, October 1

Tailgate: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Kick-off: 12 noon

Music By

Fried Chicken
Pulled Pork BBQ
Cole Slaw
Potato Salad
Brunswick Stew
Oatmeal Raisin, Reese’s Pieces, Heath Bar Crunch, S’mores, and Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies



Saturday, October 29

Tailgate: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Kick-off: 12:00 noon

Music By


Fruit Salad
Shredded Hash Browns
Sausage Links
Scrambled Eggs
Oatmeal Bar - Dried Fruit, Nuts, Honey & Brown Sugar
Chicken Salad
Sliced Ham
Banana Pudding
Peach Cobbler
Strawberry Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Chocolate Cake


Saturday, November 12

Tailgate: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Kick-off: 12:00 noon

Music By

VIP Member Appreciation Gift

Varity of Sauced Wings - Traditional &Boneless
Homemade Chips
Ranch & Blue Cheese
Blue Cheese
Carrots & Celery
Honey Lime, Mango Orange, Blueberry Fruit Salad
Tex – Mex Breakfast Potatoes
2oz. Sausage Links
Green Chili & Pepper Frittatas
Cheddar Corn Bread
Yellow Cake w/ Chocolate Icing
Yellow Cake w/ Buttercream Icing
Strawberry Cake w/ Strawberry Icing


Saturday, November 19
Navy vs. ECU

Tailgate: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Kick-off: 4:00 p.m.

Music By

Grilled Chicken with Caramelized Onions
Greek Salad
Rice Pilaf
Hummus (Classic,Red Pepper, & Basil Pesto)
Pita Bread

Turkey Burger (upon request)
Sliced Cheese Platter
Peppers and Onions
Baked Beans
Potato Chips
Chocolate Cake
Wedding Cake
Purple Velvet Cake


Pirate Beverages Are Provided By

"My wife and I both graduated from ECU and we are both lifetime members of the Alumni Association. We've always had a devotion to East Carolina, and because we gained so much from our education, we think lifetime membership is a great way to give back to the University. I would recommend lifetime membership to anyone who went to East Carolina. There are many wonderful benefits, and it's very special."

Jerry '65 and Joanie '65 Tolley

"I am a member of the alumni association because it provides an opportunity for me to connect to the university, renew relationships through alumni events, and help attract potential students to ECU. As an active member of the alumni association, I have the chance to serve as an advocate for the university through volunteerism. Being a member along with my son as a fellow Pirate demonstrates commitment and builds a legacy within our family."

Linda Thomas '81

"I am a member because ECU is my second home. Staying connected not only allows me to give back to the university but also inspire the next generation of pirates."

Tim Willis '12

"I am a member of the Alumni Association because I want everyone to know what East Carolina means to me and how much pride and love I have for ECU. Being a member means the world to me, and is the one way that I can give back and stay connected to the place that gave me the best years of my life."

Jeremy Woodard '01

"I am a member of the alumni association because I appreciate how well ECU prepared me for my business career. I enjoy contributing to the alumni association's efforts to provide scholarships for some of our best and brightest students. The Alumni Association does a great job of providing ways for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and I hope when they do they enjoy it as much as I do. I believe in what ECU stands for and my membership helps me feel a part of the great things ECU is accomplishing!"

Wes Johnson '85