My heart was pounding and my palms were sweating. It felt like I had enough adrenaline to run a marathon. The clock said 1:58pm and my eye started twitching. I only had 2 more minutes to go...
You might be wondering what had me feeling so frantic. Was I in a dangerous situation? Was I counting down to a disaster?
I'm anxiously waiting to buy my ticket for Taylor Swift's next concert.
Maybe it seems like an over-exagerration, but in that moment I felt extremely nervous and excited. Part of my excitement was because of the 3 months of hard work and preparation that lead up to this moment.
Back in August, Taylor Swift announced that she had a new album coming out on November 10. It was also announced that in order to qualify for her concert pre-sale, you would have the chance earn boosts through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. You were given the chance to watch videos and buy albums or merchandise to earn as many boosts as possible. Basically, the more time and energy you put in ahead of time, the further up you'd be in line once her concert tickets went on sale.
Personally, I liked the idea of this because it made the whole situation feel like I would have some control over my place in line. The main investment I made in the Verified Fan program was my time. I knew I wanted a good seat for the concert, so I made it a point to watch as many videos per day as I could. By the end of the 3 months, I had 2400 boosts!
Thankfully, I figured out early on that I could plug in my headphones but not put them in my ears, so I didn't have to listen to the songs hundreds of times over and over. Don't get me wrong, I like her music, but not THAT much. I was also able to play the videos on my iPad, which I would set up next to my work computer. All I had to do at that point was press play.
Once the boosts were completed, each person was sent a time slot when they would receive their code to go on the website and buy their tickets. Based on my boosts, I ended up being in front of 99% of the people who wanted tickets in Denver. When they sent me my time slot, I ended up being in the very first group to buy tickets. So, of the 75,000+ people who will fit into the stadium for her concert, I literally had my pick of every seat.
This takes me to the moment I described at the beginning of this post, where my heart is pounding and my palms are sweating. I knew my code would show up at any moment, but I didn't know how many other people would be buying tickets at the same time as me. I also didn't know how much VIP tickets would cost, so I was nervous that they would be way outside my budget.
It ended up that my nervousness was justified, because the front row ticket I had been hoping for ended up costing $1,500. Needless to say, I wasn't prepared to spend THAT much money on a 2-hour show, so I went to Plan B. I knew a lot of other fans were hoping to get a spot in the center pit, which is right in front of the stage. I wasn't completely sure that I would want to be standing in a big crowd for the whole show, even if it was an amazing experience.
But because of the high price for floor tickets, I did end up getting a spot in the center pit. Even that was still more than I had expected to spend, but I knew that I wanted an incredible experience and it literally doesn't get any better than that section.
Here's a look at the stadium seating. I'll be in the yellow circle right in front of the stage. Crazy, right?
The tickets for the pit section were VIP only, so here is the description of the VIP package:
In addition to your amazing seat location, each VIP ticket purchase includes a reputation themed collector's box that is custom designed and uniquely constructed with loaded video screen and other exclusive tour artwork and memorabilia.
Also, here are the other benefits from having a VIP ticket:
So, that's my whole experience with getting my ticket to Taylor Swift's stadium tour!! I'm already counting down the days until May 25 and I'm excited that I only have to wait a few months. I'll be sure to write another post after the concert to share how it goes. Let me know in the comments if you're also going to the concert and which city you'll be going in.
My name is Beth and I live in Denver. I am a single lady in my 30's and wanted to start sharing my awesome and amazing life through a blog.