LEXINGTON, Ky. – Camping space has reached capacity at the annual campout for tickets to Big Blue Madness. As a result, no new campers will be able to set up and no control cards for free tickets to the annual event will be issued to those not already camped out. Fans are encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to acquire tickets to the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The annual campout officially began at 5 a.m. on Wednesday. At noon on Friday approximately 375 tents had been set up. Space for this year’s campout is limited by construction to the University of Kentucky campus immediately surrounding Memorial Coliseum, to facilitate regular campus operations and to ensure student pedestrian routes to and from classes remain clear.
Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. Tickets will be distributed online and in person at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows at 10 p.m. on Friday. All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household. All duplicate orders will automatically be canceled.
A limited number of control cards will be issued to those camped out earlier on Friday at 2 p.m. Fans will receive a maximum of two tickets per control card Friday night. No more than four control cards will be distributed to each tent and no fans not camped out as of noon on Friday will receive control cards. Fans with control cards are encouraged to start lining up for Friday night’s ticket distribution by 8:30 p.m. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution.
Big Blue Madness will also air live on the SEC Network.