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The Big Blue Madness Campout Check List

It’s that time again, Cats fans. Tent City is days away from its 2014 edition, and this year, basketball excitement is at an all-time high. We’re expecting record numbers in Lexington and some fans are already lined up across the street from Memorial Coliseum, waiting to pounce on a nice piece of land when UK blows the whistle for the campout to officially begin early Wednesday morning. But for those of you still shopping and packing up supplies to join the crowd, I put together a list of items you will not want to forget. Check it out, check ’em off, and I’ll see you Wednesday.



If you’re planning to camp out, a tent is a pretty good idea. I mean, you could sleep on the ground, I guess, but you’re probably going to want a tent so you’re covered. Plus it add privacy from other campers in case you want to do some things people do when they’re alone. Maybe you find love at Tent City; anything is possible.

Get a tent.

Sleeping Bag

I prefer the air mattress/UK quilt combo, but a sleeping bag is easy and affordable for catching sleep. I don’t know about the one in the photo, though. It seems a little weird.


One of the best things about the Big Blue Madness campout is the access to the players everyday. At any moment you could see Willie Cauley-Stein walking to class or Karl Towns pushing his GMC Envoy up Euclid. When that happens, you’re going to want to swoop in and ask for an autograph. And what does one need to get a signature? Something for the players to write with. Out comes the handy dandy Sharpie you’re packing around in your pocket all week.

Something To Get Signed

Just as important as the Sharpie in the autograph process is an object to get signed. Sure, Sam Malone could sign your face, but most people prefer basketballs, t-shirts, hats, shoes or empty pizza boxes.


Your neighbor will appreciate it. I also recommend shower wipes. Your neighbor’s neighbor will appreciate it, too.

Cornhole Boards

When you’re not sleeping or chasing Aaron Harrison through the parking lot, you’ll need something to do to pass the time. You’re going to have a lot of it. Most of the kids these days like playing cornhole, a very simple game of throwing a bag into a hole. The group with the cornhole boards usually makes the most friends and players will often come out and play along.

If you don’t have cornhole boards, befriend whoever does.


So you can listen to KSR every morning, of course. KSR will be live from the Big Blue Madness campout on Friday. You won’t need your radio then.


For those of you who don’t want to eat Qdoba for every meal — so, not Matt — you’ll want to pack some treats to fight hunger. There are several restaurant options within walking distance but that can get expensive for campers on a budget. I recommend Lunchables, but do you.

Toilet Paper

DO NOT FORGET TOILET PAPER. This is especially important for ladies and the people who eat Qdoba for every meal. Campers will have to use porta-potties when it comes time to do their business and we all know TP isn’t always available in those plastic chambers of filth. Pack your own toilet paper so you’re safe, and offer a sheet or two to any Louisville fans you may come across. They’ll be crying about something.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 responses to “The Big Blue Madness Campout Check List”

  1. Delk for 3

    When Calipari says “you people are crazy”, he is talking about these people who campout. You have to be out of your mind to want to do that.

    1. Would eat Qdoba for every meal

      Why would you have to be out of your mind for this? At least from a student’s perspective, it’s a nice time hanging out with people while being surrounded by excitement over UK basketball. It’s fun to sit around outside with friends all evening and play cornhole/drink. It’s just urban camping without campfires, and you don’t have to be out of your mind for that.

    2. SevenT

      I agree, only a complete loser camps out for tickets to a basketball practice…….it is football season people!!

  2. whitecastlesliders

    Don’t forget the booze and a suitcase of white castle sliders….yummy!

  3. Darrell

    Kentucky fans once again proving they are the best fans of the best program in college hoops. GO BIG BLUE……INDY BOUND IN APRIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. ohio cat fan

    who is this Matt you speak of? Harper?

  5. terry

    a few years ago i had to take a dump BAD, found an empty tent and dumped in it. it was HILARIOUS!

  6. The one thing you don't need to worry about...tsje

    Is people showing up to get tix for BBM or not knowing what to bring. How about we promote attendance at the Vandy game instead…After all…it’s football season!

  7. Kevin Catfan Hudson

    I have camped out since Gillespies first year, and it became a tradition with my two nest friends and I. I look forward to it every year. I have lost jobs for taking off to go. Unfortunately Im not gonna make it this year because Im working this crazy 11 hour a day, 7 days a week schedule at work. In my opinion, I think the Campout is as much fun as the actual Madness event. Theres just something about being surrounded by 2 or 3 thousand other people that love the Cats as much as I do. I LOVE IT!!! AHHHHH C—–A—–T—–S—–CATS!! CATS!! CATS!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!!

  8. Michele

    You have to experience it to understand it!! No bandwagoners, WE ARE true blue fans!!

  9. Melanie

    Seriously?!?! For those of you ranting on how this is crazy and it shouldn’t happen or be talked about
    because of Football season…. YOU’RE THE CRAZY ones!! UK is and FOREVER will be a BASKETBALL university!!! I mean those 8 Championships aren’t for looks people…. Give credit where credit is due. I love Football just as most people do but Ive come to terms my School is all about the Bball! This article and the campers themselves bring unity and community for a tradition that’s been around for years. Lets def keep celebrating and uniting in the Big Blue Nation of Basketball regardless of the time/season of the year. =] Happy Camping.