Kentucky marks territory at Freedom Hall

Kentucky is no stranger to playing in Freedom Hall, but it'll be somewhat of an odd sight when it takes on Notre Dame there on Wednesday in the SEC/Big East Invitational.

The reason? A UK court complete with the center court logo and blue baselines and sidelines has been installed in the former home of rival Louisville.

The Cardinals played there from 1956 through the end of last season before moving into the KFC Yum! Center, and according to the Kentucky Kernel, it's quite strange to see the blue clashing with the red of Freedom Hall.

There used to be a Louisville basketball court on Freedom Hall's floor, but not anymore. The Cardinal logo hasn't been in place for a few months, now. But the recent absence doesn't diminish the feeling that the giant 'UK' in the middle of the floor is invading cherished ground.

"We've had some fans come by and take a look at it," [Kentucky State Fair spokesman Edward] Browne said. "It's been in good nature, and they've been pleasant. But they all say how different it looks now."

"There was a lot of interest in what was happening," Browne said. "People were wondering if it was really going to happen, you know -- putting a UK floor down in Freedom Hall? That created a lot of buzz. People aren’t used to seeing it."

Want to watch before your very eyes what some might consider sacrilege? The Kernel has time-lapse video of the court being installed.