Ticketless Taylor Swift fans warned to stay home and not attend stadium shows to ‘soak up the atmosphere’ outside the venue
Swifties will be hitting the Accor Stadium at the end of next month when Taylor Swift flies to Sydney for her Melbourne concerts.
But organizers are more concerned about the 15,000 fans who are estimated to turn up despite not having tickets to see the pop star’s sold-out shows.
Venues NSW has warned ticketless fanatics to stay away from the stadium to avoid crowd management problems, reports The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.
A spokesperson said that fans who missed out on tickets should not try to ‘catch the atmosphere’ outside as they probably won’t hear any songs anyway.
Meanwhile, Transport NSW co-ordinator-general Howard Collins said the city would be ‘preparing for the inevitable’.
Swifties are set to hit the Accor Stadium at the end of next month when Taylor Swift (34) (pictured) flies to Sydney after her Melbourne concerts
“What we’ve found with other popular music venues where people can’t get tickets, people just show up to enjoy the atmosphere, and you can’t stop them other than crowd management,” he said.
“We are not encouraging ticketless fans to attend, but part of our contingency plan is allowing for extra people who may travel who don’t have tickets.”
But despite warnings from the NSW Government, businesses are said to be rolling out the welcome mat for all of Taylor’s fans, regardless of whether they have tickets.
But organizers are more concerned about the 15,000 fans estimated to arrive despite not having tickets to see the pop star’s sold-out shows
Paul Nicolaou, executive director of Business Sydney, said: ‘Regardless of their ticket status, Sydney should put up the welcome sign for the Swifties as they will all contribute to our city in some way.’
It comes as fans desperate to buy tickets to Taylor’s Australian tour are being warned of a huge scam after some of them lost thousands trying to attend the pop star’s concert.
Scamwatch, a website run by the ACCC to detect scams, said 273 concertgoers had so far been tricked into buying fake tickets to Taylor’s Era’s Tour in February.
Venues NSW has warned ticketless fanatics to stay away from the stadium to avoid crowd management problems, The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday
The competition watchdog estimated Aussies have lost more than $135,000 to the scam so far, with the figure expected to grow.
ACCC Deputy Chairwoman Catriona Lowe said the scammers were using the ‘hottest ticket in town’ to steal hard-earned money from hundreds of Taylor fans.
“This scam is a low act, trying to take advantage of fans, many of whom are young and desperate to get a ticket to fulfill their dream of seeing Taylor Swift live,” she said.
Taylor will perform in Melbourne on February 16, 17 and 18 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and play four shows in Sydney on February 23, 24, 25 and 26 at the Accor Stadium.