Big Blue Madness tickets to be distributed Oct. 1

Sept. 28 is first day for fans to camp out

September 9, 2011 

Darius Miller during Big Blue Madness on Friday October 15 , 2010 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison Staff.

Tickets for the University of Kentucky basketball teams' annual Big Blue Madness celebration will be made available Oct. 1, the school announced Thursday.

Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for the 2011-12 UK men's and women's teams, will be Friday, Oct. 14 in Rupp Arena.

Tickets, which are free, will be distributed Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com.

There will be a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders, which come with a service fee, will be limited to two tickets per household.

Fans wishing to line up and camp out ahead of time outside Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than Sept. 28 at 7 a.m.

The UK athletics department will provide portable restroom facilities. The use of permanent, wooden-type structures, propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking are prohibited. Alcoholic beverages or tobacco products are not permitted.

Control cards will be issued to those camped out on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to start lining up for the ticket distribution between 4 and 5 a.m. on Oct. 1.

This will be the seventh time Madness has been held in Rupp Arena.

Times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

For the third consecutive year, Kentucky will be introducing a No. 1-ranked recruiting class to Wildcats fans during Madness, as Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer make their debuts for Coach John Calipari. They join veterans Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller to form a nucleus believed capable of competing for a national championship.

The UK women also boast some highly touted newcomers in UConn transfer Samarie Walker, 2011 Indiana Miss Basketball Bria Goss and fellow freshmen Bra'Shey Ali and Azia Bishop. They will contribute to a strong returning cast for Coach Matthew Mitchell led by All-Southeastern Conference performer A'dia Mathies.

The evening also figures to contribute heavily to the Cats' future. As many as 10 UK men's recruiting targets could be coming to Big Blue Madness.

The group reportedly visiting UK includes 2012 targets Willie Cauley, DaJuan Coleman, Archie Goodwin, Shabazz Muhammad, Alex Poythress and T.J. Warren, plus 2013 targets Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Chris Walker, and 2014 target Dakari Johnson.

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