UNC alum travels thousands of miles for March Madness

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Thursday, University of North Carolina was on spring break and Chapel Hill was lacking in student support, but fans came from out of state to root for the Tar Heels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

A majority of people were decked out in green at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill instead of blue for the Heels, but there were a few fans that made the trip for the game.

“I have a license plate that says ‘Go Heels.’ It was available and people keep thinking I’m a podiatrist,” said Leslie Magnusson.

Magnusson lives in South Dakota. She says UNC games are hardly ever broadcast there, and when they do come on she has to watch them by herself.

So she traveled thousands of miles to be in town but it’s for more than just the game.

“Brings back a lot of memories; a lot of good memories. Honestly the funnest time in my life,” said Magnusson.

Magnusson met up with her former college roommates.

They say they haven’t all been in town together since 2009.

“It’s much more special to be back with the girls and relive the glory days,” said Magnusson’s college roommate, Pat Askew.

Even though the girls don’t get together as much, or get to Chapel Hill as much as they’d like to, they say this will always be their home.

“The place gets in your blood. It’s not just a means to an end. It’s really a part of your life once you come down here,” said Magnusson’s college roommate, Dena West.

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