Duke Students Burn Benches in Celebration After National Championship Win

Arman Walia@ArmanWalia Featured ColumnistApril 7, 2015


The Duke Blue Devils beat the Wisconsin Badgers 68-63 on Monday night in Indianapolis to claim their fifth national title.

Back in Durham, North Carolina, students went crazy and started burning benches. According to Amy McDonald of The Devil's Tale, this is a tradition:

According to the records, Duke’s bonfire and bench-burning tradition began in 1986, when there was a large screen set up on the quad for students to watch the NCAA final game between Duke and Louisville. Duke lost, and a few angry spectators reacted with assaults and vandalism. The Police Department was unprepared for such a result, but learned from the experience. During the 1990 tournament, the Police Department opted for a more controlled option of a large screen in Cameron for the Duke vs. UNLV game, with a Duke ID card required to enter. They also sponsored a bonfire in the Card Gym parking lot—with no idea this would set the precedent for a beloved tradition.

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Go big or go home.

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