Senior Caitlin Mason went from storming the basketball court to storming Franklin Street Thursday.
Mason was one of about 10,000 people who stormed Franklin Street after the men’s basketball team won against Duke in the Smith Center.
“It was exhilarating,” Mason said. “There were so many people, and I really felt like we were one Carolina.”
The crowds flocked from the stadium to Franklin Street where bar-goers and other crazed fans had already built bonfires to celebrate the rivalry win.
Students were climbing the trees lining Franklin Street and the traffic poles at the intersection of Columbia and Franklin Streets to better see the bonfires and celebrate the big win.
Fans began storming Franklin Street after big wins decades ago, but it is illegal to hold a campfire for special events without a permit from the town fire marshall, according to town ordinances.
Junior Jessica Murray also stormed Franklin Street for the first time Thursday.
“We were watching it at (Ehringhaus), and we saw there were like six seconds left, and we just freaked out and starting putting on our shoes,” Murray said.
“And then we just heard everyone screaming, and we ran out the door and there were mass people just charging toward Franklin Street. It was crazy.”