Taylor Swift’s Concerts Inspire a New Fan Phenomenon Called “Taylor-Gating” – Here’s the Inside Scoop
Published on May 20th, 2023 | Updated on May 20th, 2023 | By FanFest
Taylor Swift‘s Eras Tour has sparked a new fan phenomenon called “Taylor-gating,” where fans gather outside the concert venues to enjoy the music without actually entering the sold-out shows. This trend has emerged as a response to the ticketing challenges faced by fans during the tour’s ticket sale process. Ticketmaster’s outages and long wait times frustrated fans, leading to national outrage.
Fans have found a way to make the most of the situation by congregating on the streets and parking lots near the venues, singing along to Taylor Swift’s songs and creating a lively atmosphere. The “Taylor-gating” experience allows those who couldn’t secure tickets to still be part of the concert experience and hear their favorite songs.
Despite the challenges, Taylor Swift’s fans have shown their dedication by crisscrossing the country to be close to the concert venues. This influx of fans has even led to tourism traffic rivaling the turnout for the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, where the tour began.
Fans are getting creative during these Taylor-gates, bringing snacks, drinks, and even air mattresses to enhance their experience. The cost of these tailgate gatherings is significantly less than the resale prices of tickets being sold for thousands of dollars on ticket resale sites.
While some venues only allow ticket holders to park, fans are adapting by preparing to walk or use ride-sharing services to reach their designated Taylor-gate areas. The spirit of celebration, camaraderie, and love for Taylor Swift’s music is palpable among these devoted fans.
As Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour continues, the Taylor-gating trend showcases the resilience and enthusiasm of her fanbase, demonstrating that even without tickets, they find ways to celebrate and enjoy the music together.
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