‘Swifties’, cars block downtown streets as concerts kick off at MBS, State Farm Arena – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — Taylor Swift fans could hardly contain their excitement as they lined up outside Mercedes-Benz Arena Friday night for the first of three concerts taking place there over the weekend.

Lines concluded below State Farm Arena and along Northside Drive as excited fans waited for the doors to open.

Audrey Washington Channel Two It was outside the stadium on Friday night that not only fans lined the streets, but cars as well.

Northside Drive, Centennial Olympic Drive, and others were saturated with traffic. All of Swift’s concerts were sold out, so the officials were asking that if you don’t have a ticket, don’t go to the area looking for one.

Long before the party starts, Elizabeth Rollins on Channel Two Found a lot of “Swifties” at the Loews Hotel downtown.

The hotel has turned into a home base for many Swift fans with a pre-concert party.

“Every single room is sold out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So we are very busy,” said Ashley Sfarni, who works at the hotel.

Most of their guests are from the Atlanta area, which is why they throw a pre-concert party every night of the tour.

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“We’re doing this so that if you’re staying with us and you choose to stay with us, we want to make it special for you,” Svarni said.

Hundreds of fans lined up outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday morning hoping to get some Taylor Swift merchandise.

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“It was definitely worth the 6 hour wait,” said one fan.

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“I don’t want to worry about merchandise and like a blue crew neck – everyone wants a blue crew neck – so I just wanted to make sure I got it,” said fan Jessica McGrath.

Many fans who got tickets to one of her three concerts decided to head out early to grab some gifts – to make sure they got exactly what they wanted.

“I love it, I’m going to sleep in it tonight,” McGrath said of her new purchase.

Taylor Swift’s concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and Janet Jackson, down the street at State Farm Arena, her concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

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