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Campout sets record with over 580 tents

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Fans surround the Blue Courts at Memorial Coliseum to watch Nerlens Noel and some of his Wildcats teammates play. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Fans surround the Blue Courts at Memorial Coliseum to watch Nerlens Noel and some of his Wildcats teammates play. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Energized by a visit and pizza delivery from the men's basketball team, Tent City 2012 now has a record.

With 55 new arrivals overnight, the tent count for the annual campout for Big Blue Madness tickets has climbed to approximately 582, topping the previous record of 570 set in 2011. Dozens of new tents popped up in the overflow area on Stoll Field, but fans also managed to find some open grass along Rose Street and around the Blue Courts, where Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin and others played with fans on Thursday night.

With hours still to go before control cards are passed out at 2 p.m. on Friday, the tent count is likely to climb past 600 at the final official count this afternoon.

When all is said and done, the 2012 campout will have set a record that will be tough to beat. I have a feeling the Big Blue Nation will make a run at come early fall in 2013 though.

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