GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Pirates will “Paint It Black” in the “Starry Night of the Boneyard” for their American Athletic Conference contest against SMU on Thursday at Bagwell Field inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

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All fans are encouraged to wear black for the nationally televised game on ESPN that is set to kick off at 7:35 p.m. (ET).

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Starry will sponsor a pre-game parachute jump and will be giving away $500 to a pair of students in attendance for the game. Prior to kickoff, Pirate fans are encouraged to attend the men’s basketball open Purple-Gold Scrimmage inside Minges Coliseum, which will run from 5-6:30 p.m. The first 200 students at the open scrimmage will receive a free pizza.

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The football team will conduct their Pirate Walk starting at 5 p.m. which will begin at the Howard & Lynn Swan Promenade.

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Additional in-game giveaways include:

  • 55″ TV
  • Three $250 Dowdy Student Store Gift Cards
  • Signed Mike Houston football
  • Pre-game sideline passes to Charlotte game (Oct. 21)
  • Airpods
  • Yeti Cooler
  • iPad
  • Personal electric scooter
  • Student Pirate Club (SPC) memberships
  • One Student will have the chance to win $1,000 during halftime Punt Pass Kick contest
  • One Student who stays until the end of the game will be randomly selected to win $1,000