There are thousands of UK fans that have relocated out of the Bluegrass and most of them are just as enthusiastic about Wildcat basketball as those of us in Lexington.
As a UK student the past five years (five is the new four, right?) I have watched most Kentucky games in Lexington. But now that I have graduated and friends have moved around the country for various reasons, I have become interested in the fan base outside of Lexington. What is it like to watch games when you aren’t in a city that bleeds blue? When people in the area predominately support a different team? When your fandom makes you look crazy? I want to find out.
A friend and I have spent the last few months planning out an epic road trip. We will live out of a van for the entire 2015-2016 basketball season, watching UK games with different alumni clubs in a different US cities. We believe that Big Blue Nation is more than a hashtag or acronym; it is a group of people around the country who share a common love: The University of Kentucky.
We want to share the stories of these fans. At each location we will be filming and conducting interviews so that we can create a documentary at the end of the season. While we are on the trip we will be updating our website, www.thebigblueroadtrip.com, multiple times a week with written posts, pictures, and videos. In addition to our site, we have been given the opportunity to create a post after each game for Kentucky Sports Radio.