Taylor Swift Comes to Tampa!



Taylor Swift performs “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince” Thursday in Tampa.

150 days. That is how long I have been waiting. 150 days of excitement and anticipation. 150 days spent trying to create the perfect outfit. 150 days of listening to her songs on replay. It was a long 150 days. But I made it. I made it one of the best nights I have ever had, the Taylor Swift concert.

When I found out Taylor Swift was going on another tour, I was ecstatic. Agog. Exuberated. Name any fancy word to describe one’s excitement, and I felt it. However, obtaining these tickets was far from easy. Well I can’t complain because I was lucky enough to get access to the presale tickets and was only number 100 in que. In less than three seconds, I was choosing my seats. But this wasn’t the case for most people. Even if one did get access to the presale, the chances of making it through the queue before the site crashed was rare. Which then meant the only other way to get an entry to this concert was by buying the extremely overpriced resale tickets on TicketMaster. Although, you do what you have to do.

I went with my mom and sister to the concert in Tampa FL (4/14). She played in Tampa for three days, Thursday-Saturday. Which I can’t even fathom playing back to back three nights in a row, for three hours each night. And the fact that each time she still can come back with so much energy? Insane. I will be honest, my feet were killing me during the concert, but I was not going to sit down. If Taylor stood for three hours, so would I. Before I get too sidetracked (because I could go on and on about this woman) I will start from the beginning.

Thankfully, my family and I had a driver to take us to the concert so we didn’t have to deal with the stress of finding a place to park. And, it saved us a ton of time. Just looking at the parking chaos near the stadium filled me with stress. I know some people got there 6-7 hours early just to ensure they had parking! We left our house at 4:30 and arrived at 5:00. Which was perfect, it gave us an hour and a half to get into the stadium, find our seats, take pictures, and get food. Oh, and observe everyone’s outfits. Quite impressive to say the least. At 6:30, Gracie, the first opener, came on. And shortly after, Beabadoobee came on. But I was just there for one thing, Taylor. At almost exactly 8 she made her appearance on the stage and she ended shortly after 11. She opened with her Lover album, and then rewinded to the beginning of her albums and went in order from there. At each show, she plays 44 songs, and has two additional surprise songs. Personally, I think the night I went had the best surprise songs; “You’re on your own, kid” and “Great War” from her album Midnights. What more could you ask for than those two masterpieces? As tempted as I am to write about every minor detail of this night, I will refrain from doing so. With 16 outfit changes, tons of dancing, a mindblowing stage that perfectly represented each of her albums, the night was spectacular.

I don’t know if I will ever be able to comprehend how this woman is so talented. Thinking about it, almost scares me. I mean this woman is putting on 52 shows and about four million people are attending in total. And considering that this number, doesn’t even include the thousands, possibly millions, of people who couldn’t get a ticket to the show, is insane. I am just grateful that I was able to attend this concert, because if not, my life would not be complete.