Friday, September 12, 2014

Big Blue Madness Tickets Go On Sale Sept. 20

Tickets for the 2014 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 a.m. ET at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2014-15 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Broadcast info will be released at a later date.
Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of four tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household. All duplicate orders will automatically be cancelled. All patrons require a ticket, regardless of age. Please note that due to the anticipated stage set-up inside Rupp Arena, the view may be partially obstructed during a portion of the event for the following sections: 11, 34-44, and 238-241.

Camping Out
At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. At that time, campers are encouraged to be courteous to their fellow Wildcat fans and use caution when crossing the Avenue of Champions, over onto the Coliseum block to occupy a spot in line. Public safety officials will be on site to aid and assist in a safe move-in. Campers displaying unsafe/disorderly conduct risk being removed from line. 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 or tobacco products are not permitted.

A maximum of four (4) control cards per tent will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. Fans will receive a maximum of four (4) tickets per control card on Saturday morning. Fans are encouraged to start lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. 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. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and all persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m.

Parking and Transportation

As lines for Big Blue Madness ticket distribution begin next week, Parking and Transportation Services would like to remind the campus community of the parking options available to Big Blue Madness ticket seekers.

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may utilize the Wildcat Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles; campers may also pay to use the metered spaces directly north of the Joe Craft Center for short-term unloading needs. Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed. After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to the Black Lot, located south of Alumni Drive across from Commonwealth Stadium, where free parking will be available from Wednesday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 20.

Free bus service will be available to transport fans back to the Memorial Coliseum vicinity. Lextran buses serve the Commonwealth Stadium area 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 (7433). For more information on bus routes and service, please visit Riders can view real-time location of all CATS buses at or with the free Transloc app. Riders can view the actual location of Lextran buses with the MyStop Mobile iPhone app or at

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open overnight; however no camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted. Cars must be removed by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

New Dorms near Coliseum
With two new dorms complete on the Lexington Avenue side of the Joe Craft Center, campers are asked to be respectful of students residing in these buildings and not gather or otherwise loiter on the grounds of these new dorms near Memorial Coliseum.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Quick Recruiting Rundown For Kentucky Baksetball

With summer coming to a close, it's that time of year again when Calipari turns on the magic and heads out on the recruiting trail. Something magical happens when Cal either gets a kid on campus, or gets the kid and his family to invite him into their home for an in-home visit. Something A LOT of coaches would love to be able to pull off themselves.

Here's a little rundown as to Cal will be visiting or having on campus for a visit in the coming weeks...

First up is the class of 2015's #9 ranked player, Isaiah Briscoe. Briscoe is a 6'3" point guard out of Newark, New Jersey that holds offers from everyone including the likes of Indiana, Florida, UCLA, Ohio State and Syracuse. Kentucky has yet to offer, but i bet that changes when Cal and his staff have their in-home visit with Briscoe and his family on September, 18.

2015's number four ranked player, Skal Labissiere has an official visit coming up to Kentucky on Sept. 19-21. Labissiere is a 6'11" center out of Cordova, Tennessee and holds a ton of offers including some from UNC, Tennessee, Baylor and Arkansas. You gotta love Kentucky's chances when they have a kid on campus for an official visit.

The number 3 ranked player in the class of 2015, Malik Newman has scheduled four in-home visits and you guessed it, Kentucky and John Calipari is one of them. Newman is a very talented dead-eye shooter out of Jackson, Mississippi with enough offers to make any elite player jealous. Here's a small sample of who is courting the talented shooting guard... Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, Kansas and Louisville. Will Newman end up at Kentucky? No one knows, but you can never count out Cal and his staff.

Carlton Bragg is a 6'9" power forward out of Cleveland, Ohio who is ranked number 14 overall in the class of 2015. Bragg holds from the likes of Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville and Ohio State.  Bragg is one of my favorite players in the class of 2015 and I think Kentucky is actually in pretty good shape with the big man heading into their in-home visit on Sept. 17. Although, I do think it will be hard to pull him away from Kansas, but anything is possible with Cal.

Now, that's just four players out of the class of 2015 only because I'm not a recruiting guru and I have no "inside sources" to have inside info and I'm forced to read all the same websites that you are. But trust me, Cal will have more visits lined up and he will pull off another amazing class as always, because that's what John Calipari does. 

Think about this, It's taken me approximately 5 minutes to write this post only to tell you that the four visits (there's more that I'm forgetting) Cal has lined up is with four players ranked in the top 15 of the class of 2015. Go look at any other school's recruiting list and tell me if they are able to say the same.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kentucky To Host "Heroes' Day" Oct. 11

 University of Kentucky Athletics has announced it will host Heroes’ Day on Saturday, Oct. 11 when the Kentucky football team squares off against ULM inside Commonwealth Stadium. The event is designed to honor all active, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders. Game time is still to be determined.

Among the tentative plans for the day is a football-field sized American flag, which will be presented by the UK Air Force ROTC and UK Army ROTC, recognition of personnel throughout the game and military VIPs in attendance.

To register a group (e.g. full police departments, fire departments, national guard units) for participation in the day’s events, a group representative should contact Nathan Schwake (; 859-257-5526).

Individual tickets may be obtained on game day with the presentation of a service ID at the ticket booth outside Gate 4, while supplies last.

For more information on the Kentucky football team, follow “@UKFootball” on Twitter.

2014 Kentucky Football Team Posters

The official 2014 Kentucky football team posters – featuring senior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree and senior wide receiver Javess Blue – are available to the Big Blue Nation in 13 different cities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

There are two different posters this season and both are two-sided. One side of the posters features Dupree or Blue performing an offseason drill as part of UK’s innovative High Performance Program, with the opposite side showing the student-athlete using the technique in a game situation.  

Kentucky started its season last weekend with an impressive 59-14 victory over UT Martin. The Wildcats complete a two-game home stretch to start the season this Saturday when they face Ohio at 3:30 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium. Single-game tickets for the game are available by visiting

Fans can pick up their 2014 poster in Ashland, Corbin, Danville, Glasgow, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Owensboro, Paducah, Pikeville and Somerset. Complete distribution information listed below.

Additional locations may be added at a later time, follow @UKAthletics for more information.

2014 Kentucky Football Distribution Centers:

Ashland (Wildcat Wearhouse)

-          Joe Craft Center on campus
-          UK Bookstore on campus
-          Kennedy’s Wildcat Den
-          Wildcat Wearhouse on Broadway
-          Fayette Mall (Wildcat Wearhouse, Alumni Hall, Guest Services Desk)
-          Hamburg (Wildcat Wearhouse)
-          Wildcat Wearhouse on Southland Drive

Corbin (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Danville (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Glasgow (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Hazard (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Hopkinsville (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Madisonville (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Owensboro (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Paducah (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Pikeville (Wildcat Wearhouse)
Somerset (Wildcat Wearhouse)

-          Mall St. Matthews (Alumni Hall, Wildcat Wearhouse)
-          Oxmoor Mall (Wildcat Wearhouse)
-          Jefferson Mall (Wildcat Wearhouse)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anthony Davis LOVES Playing For USA Basketball

On the heels of being called "The Next Super Star in The NBA" by the New York Times, Anthony Davis gives you another reason to respect what he does on and off the court with a simple Facebook post...

"I love playing for USA Basketball, I think some guys look at it as you don't get paid, so you don't have to play, or whatever. But, that's their own opinions. I love playing here, I love playing the game of basketball. Any time I get a chance to represent my country on the court, get to meet and interact with the servicemen and women who do so much for us, it's a great opportunity to kind of show your appreciation. I love doing things like this and I look forward to future years when I get a chance to play with USA Basketball as well."

There's no REAL way of knowing if Anthony Davis will in-fact be the "next superstar" of the NBA, but with an attitude like this, he is well on his way.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Game At Commonwealth Stadium

Since Kentucky's first football game of the season is this Saturday I thought this was fitting. 

This is a photo of fans going to a football game on September 15, 1973 when Kentucky played their first game in the NEW Commonwealth Stadium against Virginia Tech. The Cats won 31-24.

Also, the Twitter account that posted this picture is worth following. @KYPhotoArchive They post some pretty interesting stuff...

Time Set For Kentucky vs. Buffalo Mens Basketball Game

The game time for the Kentucky-Buffalo contest slated for Sunday, Nov. 16 at Rupp Arena, has been set for noon ET on ESPNU.

The game marks the first time the two programs will meet on the hardwood.