Thousands of Eagles fans flooded the streets of downtown Philadelphia Sunday night following the team’s historic victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. The fans poured into the streets from crowded bars after watching the Eagles clinch their first ever National Football League title and the first championship of any kind for the city since a 2008 World Series win by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The celebrations took place not far from city hall and though they began peacefully began to get quite unruly as the night progressed. Some fans pulled at traffic lights, climbed on top of bus shelters and garbage trucks, pushed over random objects and sprayed other fans with beer.
In one video taken by a fan, the awning outside of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel could be seen to collapse after a group of fans climbed onto it.
The Philadelphia Police Department released a statement saying that a considerable amount of vandalism had taken place in the city and while there had been injuries reported there were no fatalities.
The sports fans of Philadelphia have a history of rowdy celebrations when the city’s teams win championships. Immediately following the Phillies championship fans took to the streets in a similar manner and many people were arrested for the looting of local businesses as well as vandalism.
The numbers for arrests made Sunday night were not yet available from police officials.
Many of the celebrating fans Sunday night wore dog masks in reference to the underdog status the Eagles team was given in each of their playoff games. The team was once again an underdog in Sunday’s Super Bowl contest against the Patriots who were last year’s Super Bowl winners.
Craig Tinkelman, an Eagles fan that lives in nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey held a victory sign over his head while smiling at several shirtless men that danced in celebration nearby. Tinkelman expressed his happiness at watching his team finally get a championship after so many years of rooting for them.
Sixty-six-year-old John Gieda had to fight back tears while thinking of the many years he has waited to see his beloved Eagles secure a championship. “We needed this,” Gieda said before continuing on with his own celebration.