Here is some news that probably won’t surprise you: there will not be a campout for Big Blue Madness tickets this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. UK spokesman Eric Lindsey confirmed the news to the Courier-Journal today, adding that the program is still working on its plans for Madness itself.
“Like our game schedule, we are evaluating what we can do with our preseason schedule, including Big Blue Madness, under current COVID-19 restrictions,” UK spokesman Eric Lindsey said in a statement to the Courier Journal. “We are hopeful to keep in place as many of our traditions our fans and our program take pride in, but we also understand that this is not a normal season and that we may be restricted in some areas.
“As it relates to Madness specifically, we are working through what that looks like. We do know at this time that we will not have a campout for tickets as we have in years past due to safety protocols.”
Over the years, the area for campout — and in turn, the crowds — has shrunk due to construction on UK’s campus, so pandemic aside, this news isn’t exactly shocking. I’ll be surprised if crowds are allowed at Madness at all considering UK is only allowing 20% capacity at Kroger Field — an outdoor venue.
Still, let’s pour out a lukewarm coffee and share our favorite Campout memories…remember that time Nerlens Noel fell after dunking and almost gave us a heart attack?