It is hard for the average Kentucky Wildcat Basketball fan to find tickets to lower Rupp Arena. Tickets are consumed months (and in most cases years) in advance by a more affluent class of fan that typically donates large sums of money to the University. If the ticket holder is unable to attend, they often pass their admission to a close family member or friend or they turn to eBay or other sites to sell to the highest bidder. A process that coupled with the demand, creates a price many cannot afford or relationships many will never have the chance to make.
When an opportunity, rather exhibition or otherwise, arises that would allow fans not accustomed to the status of sitting on or near the floor, they jump on it.
Big Blue Madness, which is being held this year on October 12, 2012 grants some fans just that opportunity. Taking place in Rupp Arena with head coach John Calipari speaking on the “State of the State’s Team”, introducing players and setting expectations for the upcoming season, and players scrimmaging and participating in a dunk contest, the event is open to students and other fans alike. Oh yeah the price is $0.
A price many people are willing to cough up. In fact, there are so many people that want to attend, an annual event of “Camping for Madness” has etched itself into the plans of many students and the team, as they often are found handing out pizza or breakfast to those waiting in line. This year, tickets will be distributed at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 22 and the University announced that people will be allowed to camp beginning on Wednesday September 19th at 7am. According to UKAthletics.com “Campers will be issued control cards beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. No cards will be issued after 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 and all people with control cards must also be in line at that time.” Here’s a diagram of where to line up for those interested: