UK sets Big Blue Madness for Oct. 17

This year’s Big Blue Madness will be Oct. 17, the University of Kentucky announced Tuesday.

Tickets for the 2014 Big Blue Madness, which will be held in Rupp Arena, will be available on Sept. 20 beginning at 7 a.m. EDT at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows and online at and

UK asked that fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum for ticket distribution not do so earlier than 5 a.m. Sept. 17. The athletic 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, UK said.

UK also noted that alcoholic drinks and tobacco products are not permitted. UK reminded fans that selling sports tickets in excess of face value is illegal in Kentucky.

A limited amount of control cards will be issued to those camped out onSept. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. EDT, UK said.  Fans are encouraged to start lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution between 4-5 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.  Based upon availability, control cards will not be distributed after 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and all persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m.