From Costa Rica, to Australia, to Guatemala, to Mexico – International Swifties are popping up in large numbers for the Eras Tour stop in Seattle.
SEATTLE — The Taylor Swift Eras Tour lands in Seattle this weekend, and the Emerald City is gearing up to host a massive fanbase from around the world.
With two sold-out shows at Lumen Field, Seattle is expected to host more than 140,000 ticketed guests and many thousands more in the SODO area. KING 5 even prepare a guide for what fans need to know about traffic and city navigation. Seattle seems to be a popular destination for travelers who are crossing state lines and even international borders.
KING 5 connected fans from all over Seattle to see Taylor perform.
A trio from Peace River, Alberta are driving for 18 hours and say they are also excited to enjoy American food and shopping that they don’t have. “Like fast food and even Target!” Myah Hills said. Fans have the opportunity to buy tickets based on the lottery system and their pick is in Seattle and Denver.
Amelia from Costa Rica said her parents were from Oregon before they founded a nonprofit in Costa Rica.
“I was born in Costa Rica but we still have a lot of families in the northwest,” says Amelia.
When she was pre-sold to Seattle, she called her aunt Kathleen and let her know the family was coming.
“I’ve been a fan of Taylor from the beginning and she was literally there in every moment of my life so we had to see the tour.”
Caitlyn from Melbourne, Australia, feels a similar attraction to the concert.
“I just need to get a ticket. Must happen.” Caitlyn says she’s been to every show in Melbourne and can’t believe she’s traveling the world alone to see Swift perform in Seattle. “Meeting her in America is crazy!”
Sisters Patty and Maria bonded together on a trip away to go on tour in Seattle. Patty drove from Everett to El Paso Texas, where she met her sister Maria, who had driven from Mexico.
Patty said: “I was working and screaming, ‘I got them!’ The sisters met in the middle and drove back to Everett together, where they were preparing to perform their “Fantastic Dreams” at a concert this weekend.
Nadia and daughter Ines say they’re coming to Seattle for the first time and couldn’t be more excited. “It was easier for us to go to Mexico, it was closer, but my husband surprised us with Seattle.” Nadia is from Guatemala and says she can’t believe she and her daughter got the elusive Taylor Swift ticket. “I cried for about a week!”
Some cross-country fans are also coming to Seattle this week.
Megan and her fiancé Nate from Alexandria, Va., say they consider it a family affair. Megan is from western Washington and Nate is from Pennsylvania.
“We actually chose Seattle for our wedding long before the Eras Tour was announced,” Megan said.
The perfect “cruel summer” kicks in when Taylor announces that she’s going to Seattle the weekend before the wedding. “It feels like a star alignment moment even though we’re across the country.”
Erin is a busy high school principal in Buffalo New York and admits she was shouldering school duties and the anxiety of Taylor Swift fans when the ticket lottery opened.
“I got this message that I ENTER!” Erin said a confirmation text message was sent to her husband’s phone and that’s how he learned about tickets to see Swift in Seattle. “He was like, ‘Cool!’ and I was like, ‘I know!’”
A mother and her daughters hail from Utah and say they’re so excited to make new friends with the bracelets they’re making. “We’re really running out of some letters!”
Taylor Swift performed two shows at Lumen Field in Seattle on July 22 and 23.
Tickets are sold out with resellers starting at over $1,000.