From Chapel Hill to Houston, Heels fans will be heard

— Tar Heel fans who want the championship game atmosphere without the 1,000-mile road trip will gather Monday night on campus to root for their team in the NCAA title game.

About 4,000 fans joined cheerleaders and a pep band at the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday to watch Carolina top Syracuse in the semifinal game. Even more are expected Monday. Doors open to the public at 8:30 p.m. for the 9:19 p.m. game, and admission is free.

The Town of Chapel Hill was making plans for a victory celebration as well, removing street signs along Franklin Street and increasing police patrols.

“Our goals are simple: We want no one hurt and no damage to property,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. “We’re all pulling for a Carolina victory, and when that happens, we want everyone to celebrate responsibly and get home safely.”

The town will have DWI checkpoints in place, and downtown residents were warned that, should the celebration spill into the street, some roads would be closed to accommodate the revelry.

Bars and restaurants along Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street offered viewing packages. Tickets to the party at Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery sold out within hours to fans who waited overnight to secure their space.

,About 4,000 fans joined cheerleaders and a pep band at the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday to watch Carolina top Syracuse in the semifinal game. Even more are expected Monday. Doors open to the public at 8:30 p.m. for the 9:19 p.m. game, and admission is free.

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