A Falcon at The Eras Tour: Taylor Swift brings shows to Detroit


Swift’s Eras Tour stop at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan was sold out both nights. Photo by Andrew Kish.

Andrew Kish, Falcon Media

Taylor Swift electrified the audience at her doubleheader stop at Ford Field in Detroit on her “Eras Tour” over the weekend.

Swift performed on June 9 and June 10 for a crowd of 60,000 fans each night. Those in attendance were self-proclaimed “Swifties,” and included several BGSU Falcons, many of which said there were many feelings of excitement and happiness during the show.

“There were a lot of emotions during the concert—it was a roller coaster of emotions,” said Brianna Stadler, a sophomore psychology major. “It did not feel real until Taylor came on stage. Elated would be the best word to describe my feelings.”

Swift performed three hours’ worth of music from the past 17 years she’s been writing and releasing albums. The 44-song show was broken up album by album, which are known as “eras,” in the Swiftie community.

Crowds navigate around Ford Field. Photo by Andrew Kish.

In addition to the nine different musical eras Swift performed, there was a tenth section dedicated to two surprise songs that were not included in the setlist. The surprise-song-era is one of the most anticipated sections of the show.

“My favorite part [of the show] was the surprise songs,” said Stadler. “I was so nervous and excited to see what she was going to sing—I was very happy with the songs she sang.”

During night one of the Detroit show, Swift sang “Haunted” from her “Speak Now” album and “I Almost Do” from her “Red” album. During night two, Swift performed “All You Had to Do Was Stay” from her “1989” album and “Breathe” from her “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” album.

While Swift’s tour has been a highly anticipated and historic event, it did not come without its challenges.

“Swifties fought tooth and nail to pick up tickets. Millions of fans flooded Ticketmaster’s site trying to purchase tickets during the tour’s initial presale Nov. 15, 2022, that the company was forced to postpone sales following reports of site crashes,” according to Billboard Music.

As Falcons may recall, Nov. 15 was the day fellow students were seen walking around campus with their computers open on their way to classes attempting to purchase tickets. While some Falcons were successful during the initial sale, others were not.

“I attempted to buy tickets during the presale and signed up for the Verified Fan lottery, however, I was put on the waitlist. I tried to buy tickets during the Capital One presale, but I was not able to. I ended up giving in to the resellers and bought tickets on StubHub a week before the show,” said Stadler.

Other Falcons shared similar stories of the challenges they went through in order to attend the concert. However, no matter where a fan was located during the concert, it proved to be an astonishing experience.

“If anyone has the chance to go to a Taylor Swift concert, they should 100% do it—it was truly a magical experience. I’ve been to over 10+ concerts and she takes the cake for the best performance,” said Stadler.