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Big Blue Madness Campout Info/Ticket Distribution News

Updated: Nov 18, 2022

As you have already heard, the Big Blue Madness campout is returning this year. It will take place the Saturday and Sunday of October 1st and 2nd.

The school just announced that tickets for the event will be distributed to campers on October 2nd at 9 a.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions road. They have also requested that "fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum for ticket distribution are asked to do so no earlier than 5 a.m. on Oct. 1."


Tent placing will be limited 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)

The athletics department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, portable generators, and propane tanks or other combustible/open flames used in cooking/heating is prohibited due to safety concerns. Campers may not drive or drill stakes in the pavement to secure tents in the parking lot areas. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not permitted.

Per the press release, "Campers are expected to be respectful to fellow campers, students, faculty, staff, security officials and pedestrians (by keeping sidewalks and passageways clear) during the campout, and to abide by all university policies regulating on campus behavior. Privately owned animals must be attended and restrained and, unless performing duties as a service animal or service animal in training, are not permitted in University buildings and structures. The university will be operating normally. Failure to abide by university policies may lead to immediate revoking of camping privilege."

UK Athletics cannot guarantee a spot for those wishing to line up ahead of time at 5 a.m. on Saturday. Once available space for fans has reached capacity, remaining fans will be directed to acquire tickets online at and through the Ticketmaster app. As in past years, UK Athletics will inform fans when available space has reached capacity and they are unlikely to receive control cards for the in-person ticket distribution.

Parking and Transportation

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may utilize the College View or Lindenwalk lots, in addition to the Cornerstone garage beginning Sept. 30 after 5:00pm. Additional parking options include LexPark downtown locations, supported by one of the many LexTran shuttle routes to commute to and from campus. The Rupp Arena High Street lot will be open for their daily rate and will allow overnight parking. Parking will be turned back over to campus control on Oct. 2 at Noon. The Coliseum Lot will be monitored by UK Transportation Services. Only UK employee-permitted vehicles will be allowed entry unless guests are using the metered spaces to access the UK Ticket Office. The Coliseum Lot will also be reserved on Saturday for Volleyball gameday parking. The student center lot will not be available. Violators will be relocated. Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time.

The annual Big Blue Madness event will take place on October 14th at 7 p.m.



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