USUALLY when you get this many people to a sporting arena, emotions are mixed.
There are those full of hope that their team is good enough to win.
This hope is usually either justified or evaporated in a short space of time, when that dark mistress known as reality sets in.
The only dark point of Hawthorn's premiership celebrations in Launceston yesterday came from the clouds, and even that was not enough to deter the crowd of about 6000 from making their way to Aurora Stadium to thank their boys for their efforts on Saturday.
The reality is with this football crowd, they know their team is the best.
There is no denying that. It has that premiership cup to prove it, the one it got from defeating Fremantle in Saturday's grand final at the MCG.
A cup that coach Alastair Clarkson and captain Luke Hodge proudly displayed at their second football home yesterday.
There were at least 1000 of these fans lined up outside the Aurora Stadium gates when they opened at 1pm.
While there was no sign of the players or that cup yet (they would not make an appearance until about 3pm), they were more than happy just to walk around, collect the latest piece of merchandise declaring it was the 2013 premier and take in the tunes of someone with talent of a different variety in Launceston singer-songwriter Ruben Koops.
The start of school holidays saw a large number of school-aged children in attendance, but the crowd was made up of those from every age bracket.
Those who only know of Buddy and Hodgey, those who were there when Dunstall, Ayres, Platten and Brereton were working their magic, to those who had seen each and every one of the Hawks' 11 premierships, starting in 1961.
There were tales of nerves of how things looked shaky for the Hawks in the ``premiership quarter that wasn't'', as Fremantle got within three points, but overall the feeling was confidence, as Hawthorn had been the best team ``all year''.
Some felt the win was redemption for the 2012 loss in the big dance, but the majority saw this as a different entity completely.
But the overall feeling of pride of how their team performed, and luck, that the team they chose to support that could bring the cup all the way to Launceston.
With no disrespect to Koops or the radio friendly tunes that bellowed out when he wasn't playing, there was only one song they wanted to hear, the one with the opening line, ``We're a happy team at Hawthorn''.
That song had already been played four times this year (in home and away wins against the Dockers, Greater Western Sydney, Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs), but this was the most enjoyable rendition.
After Sports Minister Michelle O'Byrne declared Aurora Stadium the home of AFL in Tasmania and Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten acknowledged Hawthorn's contribution to the Launceston community, it was time.
The 22 players of the team had arrived, some via helicopter from Hobart with the already mentioned cup, some by the more traditional mode of air travel from Melbourne, all looking like they had spent the past couple of days celebrating.
To go with their premiership medallions, the players were given something you would imagine they would treasure as much, a Tasmanian devil soft toy, all with that symbol of success that is the premiership cup within sight.
Hodge, Clarkson, ruckman Max Bailey (who had three knee reconstructions before becoming a premiership player), midfielder Jonathan Simpkin, who only came into the side due to injury and Norm Smith medallist Brian Lake all spoke. They had a few minutes with the crowd and were gone.
Some back to Melbourne, some by helicopter to Devonport for further celebrations.
The one lingering question with this club does revolve around Lance Franklin and his future, and specifically what number would these fans be wearing next year if the Hawks go back-to-back?
The number 23 was the dominant figure, and with the amount of Buddy T-shirts going around, there was no doubt who their man was.
But that is a question for another day.
As yesterday was the day the premiership cup came to town, and the local Hawks fans could bask in the glow that their team is the best in the land.