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The Greenville community and supporters of East Carolina University athletics went all out to make sure they would have a gem of a collegiate ballpark. In fact, no fewer than 150 individuals and organizations contributed at least $10,000 to make the project possible. Here's a look at what they came up with.

FAST FACTS

Year Opened: 2005
Capacity: 5,000
Dimensions: 320L, 390C, 320R
Playing Surface: Grass
Website: ecupirates.com
Phone: 252/328-4500 or 800/DIAL-ECU
Ticket Prices (2009): General Admission, $6
Conference: Conference USA
Parking: Free in various lots, except reserved areas next to ballpark
Address/Directions: Take US 64 from Raleigh heading 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 one block and locate parking wherever open lots are available on either side of Charles (the ballpark is located on the right).
Author: Jim Robins

The result is a first-class facility, Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With a seating capacity of 3,000 in the truly grandstand, another 2,000 can be packed into the elevated berm "Jungle" located beyond the left-field fence. Good luck getting a good seat: season-ticket holders control most of the seats, and single-game ducats are limited to sections 201-202 and the Jungle. Home and away, the team has one of the toughest schedules in the nation.

Clark-LeClair was built at a cost of $11 million -- all from private donations raised by the ECU Educational Foundation. The magnitude of the place is immediately apparent as you approach the main gate, and once inside no aspect of the facility disappoints.

The ballpark is named after homebuilder Bill Clark, who donated $1.5 million toward construction, and former Pirate head coach Keith LeClair who died July 17, 2006 after a five-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). As head coach from 1997 to 2002, LeClair was instrumental in promoting the new facility off the field and he initiated a seven-year string of NCAA tournament appearances that ended in 2006. Fittingly, the new ballpark was inaugurated March 4, 2005 with the opening game of the second annual Keith LeClair Classic where ECU defeated Michigan, 2-1.