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Tent count nears 700 on Wednesday afternoon

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A shot from the Big Blue Madness campout minutes after campers set up tents beginning at 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday. (Chet White, UK Athletics) A shot from the Big Blue Madness campout minutes after campers set up tents beginning at 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Walking around the annual campout for Big Blue Madness tickets, you overhear some interesting bits of conversation. I have an early favorite this year.

A boy of about 10 years old was with his father talking about his first Tent City experience. Amazed by the scene, he said, "This is kind of weird. Do they do this every year?"

Indeed Kentucky fans do spend three days braving the elements for tickets to a practice every year, but never quite like 2013.

Still less than 12 hours into the campout, approximately 690 tents have surrounded Memorial Coliseum as of 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The total is up 40 from Wednesday morning and now puts the 2013 campout nearly 100 ahead of the previous record set in 2012.

The bulk of the gains came on Stoll Field, where an additional 27 tents were set up in the past seven hours. Here's a look:


Rested after an early-morning wake-up call, there was more activity around the campout even with cloudy skies and a few raindrops. Senior guard Jon Hood made an appearance to play corn hole with fans, while Aaron Harrison, Marcus Lee and others signed autographs as they walked from the Joe Craft Center back to their dorm rooms.

Seeing the players for whom they cheer is a big reason why the campout has become as big as it has, and more such interactions will follow in the coming days. Stay tuned for coverage of that, as well as the next tent count on Thursday morning.

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