Pictures, video of record 650 tents camping out for Big Blue Madness (VIDEO)



The first thing that you’ll learn when covering college basketball is that you should never, ever underestimate the passion — and insanity — of Kentucky basketball fans.

This morning at 5 a.m., fans were allowed to begin camping out for a spot in line to get a voucher for a ticket to Big Blue Madness. Those vouchers won’t be given out until 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. That’s a full 74 hours later.

Look at the rush to get a spot in line:

A record 650 tents were set up as of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. This is what “Tent City” looks like now:

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Remember, this is all for a chance to see Big Blue Madness, which can barely be qualified as a practice.

As Coach Cal would say, “You people are crazy.”