If you managed tickets to see Taylor at MetLife Stadium this weekend, be prepared to leave early because your drive likely won’t be, well, Swift.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation warned commuters about increased traffic on their way to East Rutherford, giving special mention to routes 3, 17 and 120, which surround the Meadowlands. Combine the concert with Memorial Day weekend and it’s sure to be a slog on New Jersey’s highways.
MetLife Stadium’s parking lots opened at 12:30 p.m. and a 6-mile delay is already present on the western spur New Jersey Turnpike, though it is currently limited to the the southbound side, suggesting that it’s more of an issue for beachgoers. Traffic is not yet an issue on Route 3 or Route 120, but that will likely change as the concert gets closer.
New Jersey Transit trains were also expected to be at maximum capacity and the agency advised commuters to buy tickets in advance.
Swift’s ongoing tour has created unprecedented demand, with fans and bots crashing Ticketmaster when the tickets first went on-sale. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows at MetLife are all sold out, with resale tickets going for thousands of dollars.
In fact, the fiasco surrounding the ticket sale has attracted congressional attention, with lawmakers attempting to fix what many consider a broken system.
The BOSS and SWIFT Act, named after the two music icons, was introduced by U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson, and Frank Pallone, D-Long Branch. The revised bill “specifically addresses issues including hidden fees, on-sale transparency, buyer protections, speculative tickets, and deceptive white label websites,” according to a release from Pascrell’s office.
Those who were able to nab Swift tickets for this weekend have already been through the wringer, so increased traffic should be of minor concern at this point. Just don’t leave too late and miss anything, or Memorial Day could be the beginning of a Cruel Summer.
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