Chapel Hill. – The time is drawing near, the big event is just around the corner, college basketball is vibrating… This Saturday will be a historic matchup between the UNC and Duke teams.
The high level of fanaticism for these teams forced the authorities to issue a series of warnings in anticipation of the celebrations that are anticipated after the match. Downtown Chapel Hill could see mass gatherings, burning of objects to start fires and other hazards.
The semifinal game in the “Final Four” series is scheduled to kick off at 8:49 pm on April 2. The game will be in the New Orleans superdome.
The rivalry between the squads does not go unnoticed. Despite this, they never met in the key activity of college basketball.
Spicing up the anticipation heading into the matchup is the fact that if Duke wins the title, it will tie UNC for third place in the all-time standings with six national championships.
Another ingredient fueling public interest is that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has become the winningest college basketball strategist in history, will retire after 42 years in charge of the team that represents the private university. in Durham.
Krzyzewski could say goodbye amidst the glory that comes with success or, in contrast, walk away defeated in his last game against his most hated rival.
UNC has more historical success than Duke: In NCAA tournaments it holds one more title than its archrival (6-5), has more Final Four appearances (21-17) and more ACC regular-season titles (39). -2. 3).
The winner of this Saturday will face whoever triumphs between Kansas and Villanova, for the national championship, next Monday night.
North Carolina is “the center of the college basketball universe,” at least that’s what state governor Roy Cooper proclaimed.
“North Carolina is home to an unmatched tradition of excellence in college basketball, including the greatest college basketball rivalry in the nation,” the executive said.
Chapel Hill prepares
The city of Chapel Hill takes action ahead of this Saturday’s game, especially because of the reaction that a UNC victory could generate in the fans, mainly on Franklin Street.
The police, emergency systems, public works, parking services, and park maintenance, among other departments, plan a coordinated response for an eventual celebration.
Measures include additional public safety personnel in the city center and traffic diversion plans to reduce the number of cars.
The authorities remind that bonfires and fireworks are extremely dangerous.
Chapel Hill ordinances and North Carolina statutes prohibit the following items in the crowd:
- weapons of any kind
- fireworks and explosives
- flammable substances
- Alcoholic drinks
- Glass bottles
Plan your journey
Because downtown Chapel Hill will have a high influx this Saturday, authorities recommend people plan if they need to go to this location.
In anticipation of a UNC victory, signs will be posted advising motorists that parking will be prohibited in the street closure areas.
Take into account the following aspects:
- The city will start restricting parking at 1 p.m.
- Vehicle towing will begin at 6 pm
In the event your car is towed, you can call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-732-5063.
If the UNC is victorious, the intersection of Franklin/Columbia streets, as well as nearby roads, will be closed to cars.
In the event of road closures, Chapel Hill Transit’s safe travel routes will be delayed until streets reopen.
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