03/21/11 127 W - + 7 - 5 Fire Chief Cancels College Basketball Game, 1947

Reporting from the road and specifically the Library of Congress, where a bit of database research is underway. The February 26, 1947, edition of the New York Times contained the short report of a basketball game at State College that was cancelled after Raleigh Fire Chief W. R. Butts ordered the Frank Thompson Gymnasium closed. He cited overcrowing, with students crowding aisles and blocking exits. All seats were filled by 6:30 p.m., an hour and a half before the scheduled start of the Southern Conference game between North Carolina and North Carolina State College universities. Students refused to clear the aisles, and the Chief thus ordered the gym closed. The article does not include any information on which team was favored to win.

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