…Ready for the Eras Tour?


Photo by Mia Grieco

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Taylor Swifts “The Eras Tour” on her third night in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field Stadium. This incredible concert consisted of two opening acts, Gracie Abrams, and Phoebe Bridgers, as well as a 44 song setlist (not including the two surprise songs Taylor sings at each show). The whole entire night was an experience in its own that I believe anyone who attends would want to relive 10-times over. My friend Aurora Dougherty, a sophomore, is attending her performance on May 28th at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. When asked about what she is most excited about, she happily said, “I am so excited because I have the chance to go with my friends, and I can’t wait to hear what surprise song she will sing!”

Of course, any music performance may be stressful, whether it’s buying merchandise or finding a bathroom. Here is some of my own personal tips on tackling the Eras Tour:

When first entering the stadium, do not go on the first entry line you see. There will be staff members directing groups to other lines, so listen to them because it can get you in quicker.

Despite what has been circulating online merchandise was easy to purchase, you just need to know where and when to go:

-Do not hop on the first line you see! There will be shorter ones inside the stadium, and they will move quickly.

-Shops only take cards! Cash will not be accepted if you intend to purchase a piece of merchandise.

-Get on line for merchandise immediately after the opening act, this is when most people are getting settled in and already waited in the extensive line for merchandise.

-The clothing items run questionably large. I purchased an Eras T-shirt and Eras Hoodie and got a medium in both, and they both fit like large to extra-large. It all depends on what you are most comfortable in.

The show is almost 4 hours long and at some point, a bathroom break is inevitable. I would recommend going directly after the “Evermore” or “Reputation” set, because it is the longest time for a transition. It will be a little bit of a race if you do not want to miss anything due to the bathrooms being very spread out.

If you are going to buy a ticket, do not waste 1,000 dollars or more on a floor or bowl ticket. The show is enjoyable from every viewpoint, and there is a large screen where she can easily be seen.

If you are driving into another state for your show, be prepared to come home extremely late. Everyone leaving the stadium at once is extremely hectic and is poorly organized. At Lincoln Financial Field, they fed everyone through a few small gates and had us walk all the way around to reach the parking lot right across the street. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes to make this walk more bearable!

Have a clear bag to hold all of your things. It’s important to note that not all stadiums require this, but it is better safe than sorry. I recommend checking the hosting stadium’s guidelines for taking in personal items in bags.

Parking is not as stressful as shown on social media! It is very organized, and there will be traffic workers directing which lot to go to.

Overall, the Eras Tour is worth it. Swift is a master performer and from the audience’s viewpoint, she enjoys what she does. Each show is unique to the certain night when she performs; Swift takes time to connect with her audience through speeches and the special surprise songs she chooses for each night. I wish I could go back and relive the concert!