Tar Heel Fans Rush Franklin Street
Ah, the post championship game “riot.” Nothing symbolizes victory like a heap of college students going ape shit at the popular campus spot. Such is the case with Carolina fans and Franklin Street after the Tar Heels dispatched Michigan State for their fifth national title. According to reports, about 30,000 students and fans showed up on Franklin Street (and the surrounding area) after the game and celebrated quite hardily. Considering all the hubbub, the fact there were only 26 reported injury incidents speaks volumes about the Chapel Hill faithful’s behavior. While there were good times had by most, things didn’t get out of hand, at least, not to the degree of previous fan celebrations.
There were some reports of various hijinks, but most of that seemed to be limited to tearing down street signs and the like:
In this particular video’s description, the author says, “Sorry about the shaky camera, I was a bit distracted by my desire to stay alive.” Heh.
Like I said, while there were some minor incidents, the crowds mainly gathered and celebrated Carolina’s newest national championship:
Although, there were some bonfires in the middle of these celebratory crowds:
Which made things a little more interesting for the surrounding medical facilities, who didn’t hesitate to issue a warning:
Doctors at the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals had urged celebrants not to set or jump over bonfires, but people ignored that advice. A Dr. Seuss book, a Buffalo Bills cap and a Duke t-shirt were among items used for fuel.
Considering all the humanity on hand, combined with the elevated feelings of celebration, ending the night with only 26 reported injuries, most of them minor, seems like a win-win for all parties involved. The fact only two people were arrested emphasizes the relative civility of the latest Franklin Street celebration.