UNC fans rush Franklin Street, blocking traffic after 2nd win over Duke

Orange County News

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — Despite repeated warnings this week, UNC-Chapel Hill fans rushed onto Franklin Street Saturday night after the lopsided win over Duke.

A large crowd gathered in the middle of Franklin Street just after 8:20 p.m.

A UNC win last month over Duke led to many students and fans rushing out to celebrate on Franklin Street, despite warnings from the university amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday night’s gathering, which also came after repeated warnings from the university and the town of Chapel Hill, was tentative at first with many fans gathered tightly on the nearby sidewalk.

UNC and Chapel Hill police were present on nearly every corner near Franklin Street after the big win Saturday night.

But eventually, many fans rushed into the middle of the Franklin Street intersection with Columbia Street, blocking traffic. After about five minutes the group cleared the intersection and returned to the sidewalk.

The students were heard chanting “charge” and “do it” before they rushed into the intersection. Police quickly pushed the crowds back to the sidewalks and officers were greeted by loud booing.

However, a few minutes after that a smaller crowd rushed Franklin Street again before once more being pushed back. Others watched the scene unfold from the sidelines. 

After that, fans gathered in groups on the sidewalks and finally dispersed after about an hour.

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