CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — Thousands of UNC-Chapel Hill fans swarmed Franklin Street Saturday night after the upset win over Duke on Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last home game as a coach.
The Tar Heels lost the previous meeting in Chapel Hill by 20 points.
But, Saturday night, not only did UNC upset No. 4 Duke, they spoiled the final home game for the Hall of Fame coach Krzyzewski.
As the game ended, Franklin Street was filled with Carolina blue and Carolina bliss after the upset many didn’t see coming.
“It’s even crazier than the championship because it’s so unexpected,” fan Terry Rudolph said.
Rudolph and his wife, Beverly, met at UNC. They we’re watching the game at home but got in their car to join students on Franklin St. as the Tar Heels began pulling away in the second half.
Students said for the first time in years, this flood of Franklin felt more like pre-pandemic times.
“Seeing all of this excitement, it really gets me going,” one sophomore said. “It makes up for both (pandemic) years I’d say.”
Several small bonfires were set among the large crowds, according to police. Some fireworks were also set off in the crush of the crowd.
By 9:40 p.m., crews were out clearing the streets. Police later said there were no arrests.