Meet the Extremely Dedicated Tailgaters of the Taylor Swift Concert
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Oakland L. Childers
It’s surprising how man people showed up early to the Taylor Swift concert Saturday night at the Pepsi Center. For most of these rabid fans, preparations for the event started a long, long time ago. Most bought tickets to the show, which ran Saturday and Sunday, months in advance. Others said they paid nearly $2,000 for two seats on the secondary market. But the real surprise is how far some Taylor Swift fans were willing to travel for the concert.
Sisters Diandra and Sariah Gonzales drove all the way from Albuquerque, arriving in Denver nearly a full day early – just in case. The pair said they spent the day checking out Denver and even met Denver Broncos players Virgil Green and Danny Trevathan at Sports Authority Field. If you’re going to travel for twelve hours for a concert, you’ve got to save money somehow, so the sisters made their own shirts.
THREE GIRLS, ONE WITH “HE’S SO TALL” SIGN
Sisters Mia and Jada Hicken spent eight hours traveling from Park City, Utah, with
Corey Bradley and his wife, Alex, met up with friends Caitlin Armendariz and
Susan Bunce brought her daughter all the way from Las Vegas for the concert because the tour didn’t pass through their city. Since the pair
Although they didn’t come as far as some others, Joslyn Mundell and her daughter,
Taylor Swift's show is a massive undertaking. Seven RVs and some thirty tractor trailers, all adorned with Swift’s face, filled most of one section of the parking area at the Pepsi Center. A group of teachers from Denver used the trailers as a backdrop for a group photo. One teacher, Abby Cary, said six of her students were also attending Saturday’s show.
Tailgating for a Taylor Swift concert isn’t the sort of rowdy affair some pre-parties are. This group from Loveland brought sandwiches, Twizzlers and Fresca and had a picnic in the parking lot.
Paul Tomlinson and his daughter Eva couldn’t get tickets so they decided to take their chances in the parking lot. Tomlinson said he was willing to pay up to $250 each for good seats. “I’ve had an easier time getting Grateful Dead tickets,” he said.
Not everybody waiting for the show was there with a teenager. Dave Dohaan said he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to see Swift in the future since he was unable to get tickets for two past shows. “I said I’d pay up to $350 to see Taylor, and I did.”
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