Taylor Swift fans urged to use MARTA to concerts at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Officials at Mercedes-Benz recommend you take public transportation like MARTA to this weekend’s Taylor Swift concerts.
While both MARTA and Atlanta Police say they’re ready for big crowds in the city, fans say they’ve been waiting a long time for Swift’s “The Eras Tour” concert to come to Atlanta.
“My friends and I actually waited hours,” said Sun Le, a Taylor Swift fan.
For super fans like Sun Le, the road to this weekend’s Taylor Swift concert hasn’t been smooth. Remember the Ticket Master fiasco? But fans have managed to shake it off and just like Taylor Swift posted on her social Tuesday, they too “seriously can’t wait” for this weekend’s concert.
“If you’re a Swiftie, this is like a must-go concert,” said Sun.
Sun and his friends plan to use MARTA to get to Mercedes-Benz because that’s likely their best option. Mercedes-Benz says their parking, some 6,000 spots, are sold out.
“Put on your walking shoes. We’re going to walk a couple of blocks,” said Chelsi Sapp, a Taylor Swift fan.
To better accommodate concert crowds MARTA is putting additional trains into service, dropping off and picking up passengers at Vine City, Garnett, and CNN Center MARTA stations, all within walking distance to the stadium.
Along with the addition of MARTA police officers, they’ll also have Load and Go teams on rail station platforms to help people navigate the system.
Superfan Chelsi Sapp is driving in from South Carolina a day early.
“So, pack your snacks, pack your water. Do you want to stay hydrated? Leave way earlier than you would ever expect,” said Sapp.
Atlanta Police say they’re prepared for this weekend’s concerts. They’re asking fans to keep their vehicles locked - and to leave their firearms and valuables at home. They too recommend public transportation.
“I did hear that going back from the concert with Marta is going to be a challenge after the concert, so we’ll see,” said Sun.
Find your route on the MARTA website here.
You’re going to want to arrive early for first dibs on Taylor Swift merchandise. Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials announced that fans could purchase Taylor Swift merchandise outside the stadium from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at International Plaza.
There will also be 26 additional merchandise sites within the stadium on concert nights.
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