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Big Blue Madness tickets available Sept. 27

LEXINGTON – Tickets for the 2019 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Sept. 27, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2019-20 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. Like the previous four years, the ticket distribution will take place Friday night both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age.

A limited number of line assignments will be issued to those camped out Friday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. All fans must be present to obtain their line assignments. All patrons with a line assignment must be in line by 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. 

At the request of campus public safety officials, 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 Wednesday, Sept. 25. The athletics department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, portable generators, and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking is prohibited due to safety concerns. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not permitted. Additionally, selling sports tickets in excess of face value is illegal in Kentucky.

Fans are encouraged to use to obtain tickets. Once available space for fans has reached capacity, remaining fans will be asked to acquire tickets online at 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.   

Campers are expected to be respectful to fellow campers, students, faculty, staff, security officials and pedestrians 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 with classes in session.

Parking and transportation information, along with further ticketing details, will be released at a later time.


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  1. Got my tent ready. Hope to see any of the VV crew there.

    1. counting on you to keep us informed

  2. NP I will be honored to show the VV crew what BBM means to the average fan. I think this is my 14th or 15th straight year, To old to remember the total but they go back to taking a Greyhound from Ft. Knox to see my 1st one at Memorial. And again I would like to see the Negative Nelly’s there to see how the Rah Rah’s do it and why. It’s not about blind support it’s about FAMILY. I will enjoy that time with fans who like I take vacation time for this event and who all are happy for this annual meeting of the Rah Rah’s. Go Big Blue

    1. Well dang…maybe I should go and really get the show rolling! LOL

      1. That would do it Linda

  3. Come on up Linda. My wife and I haven’t seen those baby blue eyes in a while. And you won’t even need to bring your evil twin. LOL

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