LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Mark your calendars; the University of Kentucky has announced 2023’s Big Blue Madness.

Big Blue Madness, the annual tipoff to the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball seasons, will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Rupp Arena and will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Fans will get to experience contests, drills, videos, and more. This will be the 18th time Madness has been held in Rupp Arena, according to UK Athletics.


The event will be free to attend, but fans no longer need to camp out for tickets. Due to the ongoing renovation of Memorial Coliseum, there will be no in-person ticket distribution this year.

Tickets for Big Blue Madness will be distributed exclusively online at Ticketmaster and through the Ticketmaster app starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 29. All patrons require a ticket for Big Blue Madness, regardless of age.

The SEC Network will televise Big Blue Madness live for fans unable to attend in person.