ECU Athletic Director Jon Gilbert announced today in a press release that the Pirates’ season opening football game against Marshall will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 29, was rescheduled to Sept. 12 earlier this month. That will now not happen as a make-up date between the Pirates and Thundering Herd has yet to be determined, according to the release.

ECU’s football team has been paused from practices and workouts since last week after identifying 10 positive COVID-19 cases associated with the program.

“We are disappointed we won’t be able to host Marshall for our season-opener, but our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and our community,” Gilbert said in the release. “Mike Hamrick and Marshall have been tremendous to work with as we work to reschedule the game.”

The Pirates now have nine games on their 2020 schedule, including eight conference contests and a non-conference tilt against Georgia State. ECU’s season-opener is now scheduled to be on Sept. 26 against UCF in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium after the American Athletic Conference revised its conference schedule.

ECU has been working with state and local health officials to determine if fans will be allowed in to attend football games this fall.

“We anticipate having fans in the stadium in 2020 and will be implementing safety measures and COVID-19 protocols in conjunction with local health officials,” Gilbert. “This continues to be a fluid situation and we can’t wait to all be together again in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium rooting on the Pirates. The support of Pirate Nation means everything to our athletic department and we continue to ask for your patience and understanding. It’s imperative we continue to look out for each other and stay safe as we go through this pandemic.”

ECU road contest against Cincinnati that was originally scheduled for Nov. 12 has also been pushed and will now take place on Nov. 14.

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