Paul Shareshian, co-owner of the Varsity Theatre, said Tar Heel Outreach Program students organize the event.
“They actually handle all the tickets. This week they sell them down at the Pit and every year they sell out,” he said.
The watch party has become a popular event among students, especially for those without tickets to the game — and since tonight’s game is in Durham, that covers plenty of people. Shareshian said the Varsity’s location had a lot to do with the popularity of the event.
“I think the proximity to Franklin Street, obviously,” he said. “After the game, they can rush the street pretty easily because we’re already on the street.”
UNC sophomore Margaret Smith attended the watch party for the first time last year.
She said that while she would have preferred to be at the game itself, the watch party was a cool experience.
“Having it be sort of a large watch party is different from going to somebody’s house and watching it because you don’t know everybody who’s there and it’s less set-up for people to talk and everything,” Smith said.
Smith said she felt that it was different to experience the rivalry game as a UNC student because of the general atmosphere and excitement.