As the Tar Heels earned their spot in the NCAA Men’s National Basketball Association game, North Carolina fans stormed the streets of Chapel Hill on Saturday night.
At least 10 people were injured in the post-match celebrations, According to Chapel Hill Township Manager Maurice Jones. Four people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The intersection of Franklin and Columbia Streets was a hot spot for the Tar Heel celebration.
Time-lapse footage shared on social media has captivated fans who turned the desolate near-cross into a frenzied group party.
Town officials had blocked off the street before the North Carolina victory to accommodate the massive crowd.
Jones estimates that about 35,000 to 40,000 people arrived in downtown Chapel Hill to celebrate Tar Hills’ 81-77 victory over rival Duke in Final Four. Streets reopened to normal traffic at 1am
Chapel Hill officials reported that people lit multiple bonfires in the streets during “one of the largest celebrations” in the city’s history.
North Carolina was celebrated for two miles down the road at the Dean E Smith Center, the home of the Tar Hills basketball team, where Fans stormed the stadium In the last seconds during a viewing party.
North Carolina will face the Kansas Jayhawks in the National Championship game Monday at 9:20 p.m. ET.
Jones said Chapel Hill will be ready for another round of celebrations if North Carolina wins in New Orleans.
Jones He said in a statement.