ECU officially opens Main Campus Student Center

    A ribbon cutting was held Monday for the new Main Campus Student Center at East Carolina University. (Morgan Newell, NewsChannel 12)

    East Carolina University held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Main Campus Student Center Monday afternoon.

    The Main Campus Student Center is a 220,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that's the "new front door" to ECU's campus and serves as the living room for students, faculty, staff and alumni on ECU's main campus. The project also includes a 720-space parking deck.

    East Carolina University Vice Chancellor Virginia Hardy speaks ahead of ribbon cutting for Main Campus Student Center. (Morgan Newell, NewsChannel 12)

    Many departments and organizations will move into the new student center, including the Student Government Association, Student Activities and Organizations, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center, the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement, Greek Life and the new ECU Women & Gender Office.

    Other amenities include a black box theater, a 14,000-square-foot ballroom and a 24-by-42-foot outdoor Pirate Vision digital screen. The Student Center is now the new home to Dowdy Student Stores.

    Six dining options will also be available in the student center by the end of January. While the facility opened Monday, more time is needed for construction, inspections and brand-specific training in the dining service areas.

    The Main Campus Student Center is part of the $170 million ECU Student Centers Project, which included the Health Sciences Campus Student Center that opened in May 2017.

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