Big Blue Madness Campout starts one week from today, which means the grounds around Memorial Coliseum will be filled with tents as fans wait to get tickets to the first big basketball event of the season. This morning, UK released more details on campout, which begins Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and ends Friday, September 28 at 10 p.m., when tickets will be distributed. This year’s campout will be restricted to the following areas:
- The southeastern portion of the main entrance of Memorial Coliseum
- Along the east side of Memorial Coliseum and the Joe Craft Center
- Along the east entrance of the main entry way of the Craft Center
- A designated section of the College View Lot (between Wildcat Coal Lodge and Rose Street)
Here’s a map of where you can and cannot camp. Last year, fans were allowed to camp in the parking lot in front of the Joe Craft Center, but this year, that is no longer the case:
Fans are asked not to line up earlier than 5 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27. Advanced setups and pre-staging will not be permitted. The rush across Avenue of Champions has gotten crazy in years past, so UK is asking campers to “be courteous to their fellow Wildcat fans” and warns that “campers displaying unsafe/disorderly conduct risk being removed from the line.”
As always, tickets to Madness are free and can be obtained on Ticketmaster starting at 10 p.m. on the 29th. For those fans that camp out, a limited number of control cards will be issued on the 29th 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. 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.
Because of the limited space, UK is once again encouraging fans to get their tickets online. In fact, UK says that once the grounds around Memorial reach capacity, they’ll stop distributing control cards.
As in years past, UK will have plenty of events for campers, including music, food, a photo booth, the “Tent City Live” show, and the ever-popular pizza handout. For more details, check out UKAthletics.com.