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Facilities & Directions

Murphy Center

Just beyond the end zone of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, an imposing figure fills the skyline. The Murphy Center, a 52,475-square-foot edifice, houses the strength and conditioning facilities for the ECU athletics program, along with banquet rooms, sport memorabilia, and an academic enhancement center.

ECU's strength and conditioning programs for its student-athletes are based out of the 22,000-square-foot first floor. The Murphy Center was built for approximately $13 million and opened its doors to ECU student-athletes in June 2002. The building was officially dedicated on September 13, 2002.

The second floor of the building features a private dining area for recruits as well as a 9,000-square-foot banquet hall and large terrace with a view of the football stadium for Pirate Club functions.

Scattered throughout the facility is a stunning array of photo murals, sport memorabilia and trophies.

The Murphy Center is named in honor of Pete and Lynn Murphy of Rose Hill, N.C. Pete attended ECU and has been a major contributor to the ECU Educational Foundation as an Endowment Member and has served on the Foundation's executive committee. He is the former president/owner of Quarter M Farms of Rose Hill and Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Murphy Family Farms. He also oversaw the Murphy family's development of River Landing, a gated golf community located just outside of Wallace, N.C. Pete and his wife, Lynn, an East Carolina University graduate, have two sons, Stratton and Marc.

Named areas within the facility are: the Walter and Marie Williams Strength and Conditioning Area; the C. Felix and Margaret Blount Harvey Banquet Hall; the Robert and Virginia Maynard Lobby; and the Bill and Emily Furr Lobby.

Because of its location behind the Bagwell Field at Dowdy-Ficklen end zone and its connection to Minges Coliseum, the Murphy Center is an ideal place for Pirate Club members to socialize at both football and basketball games.

Directions To Murphy Center

From the Tidewater, Va., Area
Take US 13 from Suffolk to Ahoskie, N.C. Take bypass around Ahoskie (NC 11). Take NC 11 to Greenville. NC 11 turns into Memorial Drive. Take Fifth Street to Cotanche Street and take a right. Take Cotanche, which turns into Charles Blvd., to Ficklen Drive and take a left. Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is up the hill on the right.

From I-95 North
Take I-95 South to NC 903 exit (Halifax, N.C.). Take left over the overpass. Take NC 903 for eight miles until you reach US 301. Take left onto NC 125/903 and continue for 15 miles until you reach Scotland Neck. Take a right on US 258 when you reach Scotland Neck and go about 1-2 miles through downtown. Then take a left onto NC 125 for about 15 miles to Oak City. Take a right onto NC 11 at Oak City. Continue on NC 11 (25 miles) to Greenville where it turns into Memorial Drive. Take Memorial Drive to Fifth Street and take a left. Take Fifth Street to Cotanche Street and take a right. Take Cotanche, which turns into Charles Blvd., to Ficklen Drive and take a left. Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is up the hill on the right.

From I-95 South
Take I-95 North to US 264 exit (Wilson, N.C.). Take a right and continue on US 264 past Wilson and head into Greenville. Take US 264 to Allen Road and turn right. Allen Road turns into Greenville Blvd. Take Greenville Blvd. to Charles Blvd. and take a left (ECU message board on corner). Take Charles Blvd. down hill and turn right on Ficklen Drive. Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is up the hill on the right.

From Triangle Area
Take US 64 from Raleigh and head east. Take US 264 in Zebulon and head east past Wilson and into Greenville. Take US 264 to Allen Road and turn right. Allen Road turns into Greenville Blvd. Take Greenville Blvd. to Charles Blvd. and take a left (ECU message board on corner). Take Charles Blvd. down hill and turn right on Ficklen Drive. Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is up the hill on the right.

From Wilmington
Take Interstate 40 northwest to Wallace. Take right onto NC 51 and head north through Chiquapin and Beulaville (about 20-25 miles). Get on NC 241 in Beulaville and head about 10 miles north to Pink Hill, where you will pick up NC 11. Take NC 11 through downtown Kinston and into Greenville, where it turns into Memorial Drive. Take Memorial Drive (past Carolina East Mall) to Greenville Blvd., where you will take a right. Take Greenville Blvd. to Charles Blvd. and take a left (ECU message board on corner). Take Charles Blvd. down hill and turn right on Ficklen Drive. Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is up the hill on the right.