Kentucky basketball fans who are already counting the days until they can see coach John Calipari’s new team play will be able to get Big Blue Madness tickets Sept. 22.
Tickets for the Oct. 12 event in Rupp Arena that starts the Wildcats’ basketball season will be available at 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at ukathletics.com and ticketmaster.com. Tickets are free, but there will be a limit of four tickets per person, and online ticket orders will have a service fee attached.
Every year some Big Blue fans camp out to secure their spot in line for Big Blue Madness tickets, and campus public safety officials are asking fans not to start camping before 7 a.m. Sept. 19 — three days before tickets are available. The UK¿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.
To alleviate some problems on Sept. 22, control cards will be issued to fans who have camped out beginning at 2 p.m. Sept. 21.
Fans are asked to start lining up between 4-5 a.m. Sept. 22. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards, and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. Control cards will not be distributed after 7 a.m. Sept. 22, and all persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m.
Fans camping out may use the metered parking spaces adjacent to Memorial Coliseum while they are loading and unloading vehicles. After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the E/K overflow parking lot, located across from Commonwealth Stadium off Alumni Drive. Parking in the E/K overflow parking lot will be free. Bus service will be available to transport fans back to the coliseum.
LexTran buses serve this parking lot from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the CATS Yellow night route will be in service. From midnight to 5 a.m., the CATS Bus On-Demand service may be utilized by calling (859) 221-RIDE (7233).
Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, the gates of parking structure No. 5, located on Limestone Street next to Kennedy’s Bookstore, will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The structure will remain open overnight; however, no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. Sept. 22.