Wednesday through Friday, the area around Memorial Coliseum will be known as Tent City as fans camp out for tickets to see Big Blue Madness. Our videographer Bradley McKee made the rounds to talk to campers and receive tours of their campsites.
For UK fan Buddy McArter,
“You actually get to see the personality of the players. When you get to talk to people and you can say ‘this guy is very personable’… you can say yes I’ve met them, and I know. Then when you watch them play ball, that’s the family part.”
That family also extends to the fellow campers. McArter and his tent neighbors have known each other for the past seven years. They only reunite each year at the Campout. He also gets autographs from all of the players, which he says he’ll pass down to his children, the next generation of “crazy” UK fans.
“It is crazy. You have to be crazy to do this. We come out here for three days – day and night – but it’s fun.”
Buddy’s collection of merchandise for current players was impressive. Jeff Wingfield takes it to another level in his campout crib with an extensive basketball card collection of former players.
KSR also caught up with friend of the program, Marsha Poe, who was still pretty exhausted following her Wednesday a.m. sprint across the Avenue of Champions.