ACC fans flood Atlanta

UNC fans show their colors in Atlanta Friday (BRITT GUARGLIA)

March 9, 2012 6:22:18 PM PST
Rainy weather didn't put a damper on the spirits of diehard Tar Heels that made the trek to Atlanta for the 2012 ACC Tournament.

Just during a quick walk down Marietta Street to game one at the Philips Arena Friday morning, there were floods of light blue shirts, pants, well even hair, to be seen.

But that's the beauty of tournaments -- in addition to the Carolina colors, there were just as many reds, oranges, and even a darker shade of blue all waiting anxiously to get in and see some hoops.

"The diversity of the fans is the best part about coming to the ACC Tournament every year," Tar Heel supporter Erik Corney said. "You can't go anywhere without seeing the clash of all the teams, and all under one roof."

Corney is no stranger to the ACC Tournament. He and his father Mike try and make the trip from Chapel Hill to see their team play every year. That's the case for many of the fans in attendance here in Atlanta.

Lori Freeman is here from Burlington, N.C. with 11 of her friends and family. The group has been coming every year since 2004. Through the years, they've seen Washington D.C., Tampa and Atlanta. Although there are no tailgates and cookouts in downtown Atlanta, Freeman said they wouldn't miss the chance to cheer on their team.

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