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Final tent count balloons to 570

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Stacey Poole and the men's basketball team helped feed hungry fans during the Big Blue Madness camp-out. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) Stacey Poole and the men's basketball team helped feed hungry fans during the Big Blue Madness camp-out. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
Bundled up in temperatures that feel distinctly like fall, thousands of fans seeking tickets to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness have surrounded Memorial Coliseum. On the final day before ticket distribution at 7 a.m. Saturday, a record 570 tents have been set up.

I'd like to call the 2011 total insurmountable, but I know better than to bet against the Big Blue Nation.

Last year's camp-out was the previous record holder with approximately 525 tents, but UK fans needed only until Friday morning to top that. Since 9 a.m. this morning, another 20 tents have been erected on Stoll Field across the street from the basketball complex.

At 2 p.m. on Friday, UK staff handed out control cards to fans. Patient Kentucky fans have been distracted by visits from John Calipari and members of men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball teams.

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