For the students of Carrboro High School, sports are a huge part of life. Whether they’re watching their local Tar Heels perform at the college level, or cheering on the various favorite professional teams of many students; CHS loves to watch sports.
And in Chapel Hill, where sports are an integral piece of society, it comes as no surprise that Jaguars have favorite spots to watch their teams duke it out on the big stage.
“Me and some friends like watching soccer over at IP3, on Franklin,” said senior That Htoo. “It’s been especially fun to watch this season since my favorite club Chelsea is top of the league!”
Pizza places are sport-viewing havens for many CHS sports fans. “I remember during March Madness some of the Landgate boys and I would watch the UNC games over at Old Chicago,” said senior Alex Hoffman.
For many of the CHS students who wanted to cheer on their favorite college basketball team, however, they found refuge in somewhere other than a restaurant.
The Dean Smith Center provided a venue with only one purpose: to support the Heels. On the night of the national championship game, many CHS faithful could be spotted there. “The atmosphere of the Dean Dome was really intense, really stressful and really great. Also, after the win in the national championship the walk to Franklin Street was really quick,” said sophomore Serhat Calikoglu.
The “walk” is a UNC tradition, where all fans rush to Franklin Street in celebration of a National Championship win or win over rival Duke. Thousands stormed Franklin after the victory including CHS students.
For the Duke fans at CHS, going to see the Blue Devils play live is an experience unlike any other. “I saw Duke play basketball at home last season, and it was an awesome experience to actually be there,” said Ben Lu.
And of course, nothing beats watching a big game at your own home. “It’s just easier to watch games at home sometimes,” said sophomore Julia Sistachs.
Regardless of location, it’s undeniable that the Jaguars love to go all out for their favorite sports teams.
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