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Kentucky basketball fans already lining up for Big Blue Madness tickets

These people are waiting in line...so they can be the first to wait in line?

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Tickets for Kentucky Basketball’s first official practice go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Fans are permitted to begin camping out at 5 a.m. on Wednesday in designated areas in order to pick up tickets at the Memorial Coliseum ticket window. However, it seems folks of all ages are already claiming their positions to ensure they get tickets to Big Blue Madness 2017.

The earliest confirmed campers arrived at Avenue of Champions at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday. One could speculate that the pain of Saturday’s Florida loss drove members of Big Blue Nation into “basketball mode.” Or it could just be that these people are crazy.

Officials at the Kentucky Athletic Department are encouraging fans to purchase tickets online, as the area of tent city has been drastically reduced. However, tickets are often taken within seconds on Ticketmaster.com.

Fans should also keep in mind that, whether you are camping out or repeatedly hitting refresh on your favorite browser, each patron is limited to two tickets. The market has varied in recent years on the secondary market, but you can be sure that there will be no cheap tickets.

While every freshman class at Kentucky is a big deal, this is Coach Calipari’s largest class (by number of players) to date. That means there will be more names and faces for Kentucky fans to learn, and more hype to see what the new players can do.

There is no question that Big Blue Madness will be an amazing event. But is it really worth standing in line for six days?

I guess we will find out on October 13th. The introductions begin at 7 p.m. See you there...if you can get tickets.