LEXINGTON, Ky. – Every highly anticipated spectacle, whether it be a movie opening or, in this case, Big Blue Madness, needs a “blue” carpet entrance.
Before the big show gets started Friday at Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s, fans will have the opportunity to see the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams and VIPs arrive at Rupp Arena on the blue carpet on High Street.
Fans are invited to watch the entrance with bleachers available on one side of the blue carpet. The blue carpet entrance will take place from 5:30-7 p.m.
The teams, including head coaches John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell, along with featured guests, will be dropped off in front of the High Street entrance and walk the blue carpet for an opportunity to greet fans, interview with media members and stop to have their picture taken.
Select members of the teams and VIPs will also interview with Brent Carney, the host of “This is Kentucky Basketball.” Those interviews will be broadcast on the blue carpet for fans to hear.
UK introduced the blue carpet at last year’s Big Blue Madness, but this year’s grand entrance will mark the first time that fans can watch the show before the show in person.
Big Blue Madness, set for Friday at 7 p.m., will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos and more. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.
Madness will be televised on the SEC Network starting at 7 p.m.