LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Don Franklin Auto blue carpet entrance into Big Blue Madness is back for year No. 3 and will be featured on the UK Sports Network pre-Big Blue Madness TV special, “Before the Madness.”
Before the big show gets started Friday at Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s, fans will have the opportunity to see the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams and VIPs arrive at Rupp Arena on the blue carpet on High Street.
Fans are invited to watch the entrance with bleachers available on one side of the blue carpet. The blue carpet entrance will take place from 5:30-7 p.m.
The teams, including head coaches John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell, along with featured guests, will enter the arena via the High Street entrance and walk the Don Franklin Auto blue carpet for an opportunity to greet fans, interview with media members and stop to have their picture taken.
Select members of the teams and VIPs will also interview with former TV personality Bradley McKee. Those interviews will be broadcast on the blue carpet for fans to hear.
UK introduced the blue carpet at Big Blue Madness in 2016. Last year’s grand entrance marked the first time fans could attend.