Die-Hard Taylor Swift Fans Camp for Months Ahead of Tour Kick-Off
Die-hard Taylor Swift fans have gone to extreme lengths to secure their spots for the singer’s upcoming Eras Tour.
The international leg of the tour is set to begin in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and approximately 240 fans have been camping outside the stadium for over five months.
These Swifties have established a points system to determine who the biggest fan is and have set strict rules for camping.
Camping Rules and Enthusiastic Fans
Four tents have been set up, each accommodating around 60 people, and two organizers manage the campers using a spreadsheet.
Rules include spending a minimum of 60 hours a month, including one night, in the tent, with additional points awarded for camping during storms.
While most campers are young women, those under 18 are prohibited from participating.
Challenges and Criticisms
Although the camping experience is a dedication to their favorite artist, it hasn’t been without challenges.
Passersby have shouted criticisms, including “go to work” and “vagos” (slang for “lazy ones”), at the Swifties.
Football fans heading to the stadium have also been rowdy and occasionally referred to them as a “jinx.”
Nonetheless, there have been no major disturbances, and police officers usually guard the campers on match days.
Business Opportunity Arises
Some enterprising individuals have recognized a business opportunity in this fan phenomenon.
Two girls charge 700 Argentine pesos (about £1.64) per hour to camp on behalf of other Swifties.
The lucrative Eras Tour is expected to earn Taylor Swift an astonishing $4.1 billion (£3.4 billion), making it the most financially successful tour in history.
Ticket Sales Controversy
This extreme dedication and enthusiasm of Taylor Swift’s fans come after a dispute over ticket sales earlier this year.
Ticketmaster faced criticism for repeatedly changing policies ahead of the UK and international leg of the tour.
Swift herself expressed frustration, and fans were dismayed to see tickets being resold at exorbitant prices on platforms like Stubhub and viagogo within minutes of general sales.
Sophisticated Bots and Ticket Scalping
Experts have pointed out that the rush for Taylor Swift tickets has demonstrated the sophistication of ticket bots.
These bots can use “residential proxies” to bypass the selling platform’s protective measures, contributing to the problem of ticket scalping.
Taylor Swift’s massive fan following continues to display unwavering dedication, even in the face of ticket sale controversies.
The excitement for the Eras Tour remains undeniable.