The cold Kentucky rain didn’t stop Solid Blue fans from bleeding blue on the first day of the 25th annual Big Blue Crush, but fans don’t lead by much. Tennessee trails by only 4, 539 to 535.
Big Blue Crush, which pits Kentucky fans against Tennessee fans, runs through Friday, November 16th.
Donors will receive a short-sleeve, black, commemorative Big Blue Crush T-shirt, a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafe’ beverage, a Bleed Blue wristband and a chance to win daily prizes. On Tuesday, one lucky donor will also win a popcorn machine that will come in handy when watching ballgames this winter.
“This is too close for comfort. In 25 years, this is the closest score after Day One that I’ve ever seen,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment.
KBC has donor centers in Lexington, Pikeville and Somerset, and the city leaders in all three communities have proclaimed November 12-16 as Big Blue Crush Week. KBC donor centers are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. all week.
Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) donors have claimed the Crush trophy the past two years, but Tennessee leads the competition 12 to 11 with 1 tie. Last year more than 3,200 Kentucky donors gave blood. This year, KBC officials hope to see 3,500.
To schedule a donation or to find a donation location, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800.775.2522.
Blood donors must have a photo I.D., be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and meet additional requirements. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed parental permission slip, which can be found at kybloodcenter.org.