Volleyball Takes on Mississippi State at Big Blue Madness

Sept. 17, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky volleyball team's Oct. 12 match vs. Mississippi State has officially become a part of Big Blue Madness, UK announced Monday. The match will take place at 5 p.m. ET to kick off a full night of UK events in Rupp Arena. It will also mark the first regular-season UK volleyball match to take place in Rupp Arena in school history.

"We are thrilled to be playing as a part of Big Blue Madness and have it be the first time our program has played in historic Rupp Arena," UK coach Craig Skinner said. "Having a chance to break the national attendance record in the sport of volleyball and expose new fans to our program is a fantastic opportunity. I want to thank all involved for including this match as a part of this great event."

In addition to the volleyball match, Big Blue Madness is the first open practice opportunity for Kentucky's 2012-13 men's and women's basketball teams. This will be the eighth time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena. Fans will be allowed to enter Rupp Arena beginning at 4 p.m. the night of Big Blue Madness.

Madness timeline:
• 4 p.m. - Doors open
• 5 p.m. - UK volleyball vs. Mississippi State
• 9:30 p.m. - Big Blue Madness concludes

Big Blue Madness tickets will be the only acceptable form of admission into the event, which includes the volleyball match. Olympic Sports passes, UK Faculty/Staff ID's, UK Student ID's and Junior Wildcat Club memberships will not be accepted.

Volleyball season ticket holders who purchased season tickets prior to Sept. 13 can RSVP for replacement tickets, and all requests must be made to the UK Ticket Office by Sept. 25 in order to attend this match.

Public tickets for Big Blue Madness will be distributed on Saturday at 7 a.m. ET. Visit UKathletics.com/tickets for more information regarding Big Blue Madness tickets.