Big Blue Madness tickets to be distributed Sept. 20

August 5, 2014 

AND THEY’RE OFF ... : Fans rushed for camping spots just before 5 a.m. Oct. 2 on Avenue of Champions as UK officials allowed campers to set up tents in preparation for the distribution of the University of Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams’ Big Blue Madness tickets at Memorial Coliseum. The scramble began Wednesday, and the tickets were available Saturday.

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Tickets for the University of Kentucky basketball teams' annual Big Blue Madness celebration will be made available Sept. 20, the school announced Tuesday.

Big Blue Madness, the first public showcase in Lexington for the 2014-15 UK men's and women's teams, will be Friday, Oct. 17 in Rupp Arena.

Tickets, which are free, will be distributed Saturday, Sept 20, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at and

Fans wishing to line up and camp out ahead of time outside Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5 a.m.

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

Control cards will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Fans with control cards will be able to pick up their tickets Saturday. Fans are encouraged to start lining up for the Saturday ticket distribution between 4 and 5 a.m. on Sept. 20.

All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution.

This will be the 10th time Madness has been held in Rupp Arena.

The start time and broadcast information for Big Blue Madness will be announced at a later date.

Fans won't have to wait for Madness to get their first look at the UK men's team this season. The Wildcats begin a six-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas on Sunday.

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