LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The University of Kentucky Athletics Department has announced new security measures going into effect Friday.

The new policy at Rupp Arena requires all fans to walk through metal detectors when they arrive.

Officials say fans can’t bring in bags no larger than 12 x 6 x 12-inches.

Doors will continue to open 90 minutes before tip-off but arena officials are encouraging fans to travel light and arrive early to make it run smoothly.

Friday’s Big Blue Madness is expected to draw thousands.