National Speech and Debate Season Opener

2017 — Lexington, KY/US


National Speech & Debate Season Opener Information


Important Schedule Info


In-person registration will be at the Campbell House, on Friday evening, from 7-9 pm in the Oak Room.

You may also register virtually by sending Lincoln ( an email by 9 pm confirming your entry and registration.


Start Times on Saturday

COMPLETE schedule information on Tabroom – click on the Schedules tab in the right-hand column

Congress – 8:50 am Opening Judge Meeting (CB 349)

Policy – 7:30 am Round 1 & 2 pairings

LD – 8:30 am Round 1 & 2 pairings

Public Forum – 7:30 am Judge Meeting (Patterson 105)

Speech – 8:00 am Extemp draw (Funk B13)


Building & Event Information

Campus Map

Campus map is available in the documents on the right of this page.

*NOTE* - Patterson Hall (Public Forum) does NOT appear on the map proper - it is to the left of Blazer Hall, on the far left side of the map, noted by the yellow dot on the map.


Parking is available near many of the buildings on campus. Most employee lots and student commuter lots are accessible and available on weekends. Permits are not required after 3:30 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday. Please do not park in any marked spots (those with VIP signage, emergency designation, etc.).


If you cannot find parking in immediate vicinity of your building:

There are also garages on South Limestone that get you relatively close to BE, POT, CB.

There is a garage off Avenue of Champions near the Qdoba that gets you close to Patterson & Blazer.

There is a garage on Rose Street across from the Funkhouser parking lot.


Policy & Congress

Tab – CB 234

Judge Lounge – CB 231


White Hall Classroom Building (CB)

Address – 140 Patterson Drive



Tab – CB 234

Judge Lounge – CB 231


Patterson Office Tower (POT)

Address – 120 Patterson Drive

Business & Economics (BE)

Address – 550 South Limestone Street


Public Forum

Tab – Patterson 106

Judge Lounge – Patterson 105


Blazer Hall

Address – 343 Martin Luther King Blvd

Patterson Hall

Address – Patterson is adjacent to Blazer Hall. It is also accessible from South Limestone Street (directly across from McDonalds).



Tab – Funkhouser

Judge Lounge – Funkhouser 200


Funkhouser Building (Funk)

Address – 160 Funkhouser Drive

Kastle Building

Address – 171 Funkhouser Drive



Welcome Message:

The first annual National Speech and Debate Season Opener will be hosted Saturday September 9th-Monday September 11th, on the University of Kentucky campus. The Season Opener will be a full-service tournament offering the entire complement of speech and debate events. A Public Forum Round Robin will be offered Friday September 8th. The tournament will be a TOC qualifier in all events including octofinals in Public Forum, quarterfinals in Policy, Finals in Lincoln Douglas, Top 6 in Congress, as well as a qualifier in all speech events.  Entries will open on June 1. A full invitation will be posted this Spring.


Hope to see you in Lexington,


David Arnett

Director of Debate, University of Kentucky

Director, Tournament of Champions