Nightmare over ‘Midnights’; Taylor Swift fans struggle to get tickets

After releasing her album “Midnights” on Oct. 21, Taylor Swift’s “Eras” tour is getting fans around the world excited. The theme of the tour will highlight all 10 of her studio albums, along with new music from her album ”Midnights.”

Swift announced her tour on Nov. 1.  Fans stayed home from school, called in at work and did anything they could to purchase the perceived commodity. Some Swift fans were able to register for presale access when she originally announced the tour. Those lucky enough to receive a presale code had access to the tickets the morning of Nov. 15, three days prior to the normal general public access date. 

Sophomore Sophia Carter expressed that considerable anxiety came along with getting these tickets. 

“One of my friends’ moms got the tickets, but I was scared the whole day,” Carter said. “She was on the website for five hours waiting to get the tickets.”

On Nov. 18, the general public was supposed to receive access to ticket sales, but Ticketmaster canceled the public sale due to high demand and insufficient remaining inventory. Ticketmaster said that more than 3.5 million people registered for Taylor’s Verified Fan Sale, the largest in the seller’s history according to CNN.

Ticketmaster invited 1.5 million fans to buy tickets, while they waitlisted the remaining two million. Swift is expected to sell out every show that she is playing across the U.S. Swift will also go overseas on an international tour; however, those dates have yet to be announced.

 English teacher Megan Southworth agrees with Carter’s view on the stress of getting tickets.

“It was a very anxious process, not knowing if it would work and constantly checking Twitter it was very stressful,” Southworth said.

Swift announced 20 locations and 52 shows where she will perform her tour. She kicks off her show in Glendale, Ariz. on March 17, and finishes the tour in early August with a five night finale in Los Angeles, California.

The cost per ticket is another problematic part about the tour. It is said that fans have met prices that are in relation to the Super Bowl. For example, the Chicago show has sold tickets that are listed from $3,500 to $7,000 according to NBC Chicago.

 However, amongst all the ticket chaos, fans across the country can not wait to see Swift perform songs she has not performed in years. In addition to Swift’s classics, they are also excited to hear her new music from “Midnights”, “Lover”,  “Folklore”, “Evermore” and more.