That Time I… made it through the great Ticketmaster queue


Angelina Padilla-Tompkins

Columnist Angelina Padilla-Tompkins managed to get five tickets for the Eras tour through Ticketmaster’s verified fan presale.

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Editor

Unsurprisingly, millions of fans flocked to Ticketmaster Tuesday trying to get their hands on tickets to Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” and I was one of them. 

I have been a fan of Taylor Swift since the release of her self-titled debut album in 2006, but have never been able to attend any of her concerts. 

Naturally, you can imagine my excitement when Swift announced the tour on Good Morning America, shortly after the release of her 10th studio album “Midnights.” 

There were two presales available to fans. The first being the verified fan presale where individuals were able to register on Ticketmaster, then the night before the sale people would be selected at random to be sent an invitation to the sale. 

The second presale was the Capital One presale, which was for those who have a Capital One credit or debit card. 

I immediately signed up for the registered fan presale, as did my boyfriend and best friend. For the next two weeks we waited in anticipation for a presale code. 

The afternoon of Nov. 14 all three of us received codes. We were thrilled! 

When Tuesday morning finally arrived we all logged in 30 minutes early to the 10 a.m. sale. I had my card already programmed into my account and cleared all my apps and all my tabs, so the only program running on the computer was Ticketmaster. I wasn’t taking any chances. 

The page refreshed at precisely 10 a.m. and we entered the queue, only to come to an abrupt stop just 20 minutes into the presale. 

Ticketmaster then issued a statement through the site and on twitter explaining they were experiencing several issues and paused everyone while they attempted to sort it out. 

Around 1:30 p.m. the queue began moving again. I had just under 2,000 people ahead of me and the number was decreasing by increments of 10-15 every few minutes. 

Suddenly the number jumped from 1,400 ahead of me to 800, then 600 then 400 until I had only 72 people ahead of me in line. 

Just minutes after jumping to 72 I was able to see the tickets I wanted to purchase. 

I had to act quick because tickets were literally disappearing before my eyes. 

I quickly snagged five tickets for myself, my two sisters, best friend and boyfriend. 

We were able to buy Taylor Swift tickets! I am sure the screams of excitement could be heard for miles as we couldn’t contain ourselves. This was what we had been waiting for for weeks, months, years even. 

Now we have just seven months until the show.