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Tent count climbs past 500 on morning of day two

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At this point, it is becoming less of a question whether a record is going to be set and more a question of when and by how much.

With dozens of new campers arriving overnight, the tent count at the campout for tickets to Big Blue Madness 2012 has ballooned to approximately 509 as of 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. The count stood at 460 just 17 hours ago, meaning 49 new tents were set up on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

At the same time during last year's campout, there were 445 tents surrounding Memorial Coliseum, putting the 2012 edition comfortably ahead of record pace. The 2011 count didn't reach 500 until late afternoon on Thursday.

The final tent count last year was 570, meaning there is a chance the record could be broken at the next count later this afternoon. It's more likely though that the record will be set at the morning count on Friday.

The majority of the new tents were set up on the overflow area on Stoll Field, but some new fans arriving have taken advantage of limited space still available along Rose Street.

Before the next official tent count, expect to see some additional coverage here on Cat Scratches from the campout. Ryan Suckow is putting the finishing touches on a written feature to set the scene and Wednesday proved you never know what else might happen at Tent City.

The big star on day one of the campout was "Yellow Tent Guy," who was captured on video at an inopportune time trying to set up his tent. There have been plenty of follow-up stories on the fan, named Aaron Perkins, who eventually was able to win the battle with his uncooperative tent, including this video from UK Rewind.

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