More than a thousand VCU fans took to the streets after the men’s basketball team advanced in the NCAA tournament with a 72-71 win over Florida State, according to eyewitnesses.
Students and fans alike poured into blocks of streets surrounding VCU’s Monroe Park campus as well as the center of the university Friday night as the game ended and into the early morning on Saturday. According to eyewitness and Richmond resident James Murphy, police officials blockaded streets (including West Broad, Lombardy, Harrison streets and a number of others) to accommodate the surge of fans who took their game celebrations outside of restaurants and bars.
“People were right out there in the center of streets,” Murphy said. “Cars stopped and played music, people were dancing in the streets and on top of cars and others were hanging out of windows chanting, ‘VCU!’ and ‘We want Kansas!’ ”
Several hundred filtered into the VCU Compass, some students brought instruments to match the screams of pride erupting from the crowds.
According to VCU Police officials, no arrests were made by the time this article went to print.
“This is the biggest thing to happen to Richmond since the Civil War!” said Courtney Marcellin, a sophomore fashion merchandising major, who was in the Compass alongside the masses of VCU fans.
On Sunday, March 27 the second day of Elite 8, VCU faces #1 seed Kansas.