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Chapel Hill preps for Final Four

Posted March 31, 2009

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— Town officials and police on Tuesday laid out plans to control downtown celebrations if the University of North Carolina wins games during the NCAA Final Four on Saturday and next Monday.

Downtown streets will remain open unless large crowds require for them to be closed, officials said. If streets are closed, the following areas would be affected: Franklin Street from Raleigh to Mallette streets and Columbia Street from Cameron Avenue to Rosemary Street. No vehicular traffic would be allowed in that closed area, and access to the residential areas near downtown would be limited.

Parking on the 100 block of East Franklin Street, all of Henderson Street and North Columbia Street will be prohibited, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on the days UNC is playing, and parking meters will be bagged. Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed, starting at 7 p.m.

No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the closed area, and officials asked restaurants and bars to serve alcohol in paper or plastic cups and to limit bulk sales to cans to help keep glass out of the area.

Officials also asked merchants to restrict the sale of Carolina-blue paint for the next week, to secure doors to rooftops are secure and to remove or secure any awnings and outdoor signs.

Chapel Hill will have extra police on patrol on the nights UNC plays to maintain order, officials said.

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Mar 31, 2009

    Now that you mention it, NCSU's most recent national championships were won in wrestling and diving. As a matter of fact, they both happened on the same day (in the last couple of weeks).

    The difference between me and you is these wins don't make me feel better than anyone else.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Mar 31, 2009

    The arrogance is really pretty astounding.

    Let me ask you, Stonewall... if and when Carolina wins this national championship in basketball, how exactly will you have contributed to that win? What do YOU have personally to be proud of?

    Put that in yer pipe and smoke it as you look down your nose at fans of other schools.

  • Stonewall Brigade Mar 31, 2009

    As a Wolfpack fan myself, I wish I could share this sentiment with you. But I hear the complete and total arrogance of just about every Carolina fan that crosses my path, and I just can't pull for their team!

    As TruthBKnow Returns says,

    "When Carolina wins, it reaffirms their misguided belief that they are somehow better than others because of the team they pull for! Sorry, their team needs to lose!"

    As a Tar Heel alum and fan, let me ackowledge NCSU's most recent NCAA national championship in collegiate "bass fishing". I bet TBK is proud that the Tar Heels don't have anything on the Wolf Pack in fishing. How we in Chapel Hill envy that trophy.

  • 007KnightRider Mar 31, 2009

    2009 NCAA CHAMPIONS - CAROLINA, HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!

  • Drakula_I_G Mar 31, 2009

    'Nova by 18 !!!!

    :-))

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Mar 31, 2009

    "This life-long Wolfpacker is temporarily cheering for Roy and his team. I hope the Heels AND their fans make us proud of them. I certainly am glad we're in the ACC and not the Big "Least". (Check out those graduation rates!) Go, Tar Heels!"

    As a Wolfpack fan myself, I wish I could share this sentiment with you. But I hear the complete and total arrogance of just about every Carolina fan that crosses my path, and I just can't pull for their team!

    When Carolina wins, it reaffirms their misguided belief that they are somehow better than others because of the team they pull for! Sorry, their team needs to lose!

    GO WILDCATS!!!

  • PaulRevere Mar 31, 2009

    Yet ANOTHER reason to not pull for U of NC at CH!

  • christineswisher Mar 31, 2009

    Not concerned where ECU plays - I am a Pack fan and clearly do NOT pull for UNC under any circumstance............get it???
    Each to their own.

  • Simply H20 Mar 31, 2009

    Hopefully their won't be a need for any crowd control and the only destruction will be the street sweepers cleaning up the river of tears.............
    christineswisher

    sounds like someone is questioning the heels...c'mon support those heels! after all ecu doesn't even get to play in the ncaa!

  • Reader Mar 31, 2009

    This life-long Wolfpacker is temporarily cheering for Roy and his team. I hope the Heels AND their fans make us proud of them. I certainly am glad we're in the ACC and not the Big "Least". (Check out those graduation rates!) Go, Tar Heels!

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