Taylor Swift rolls out new ticket purchasing plan


TAMPA (FOX 13) - Taylor Swift is back and she's coming to Tampa. The Grammy-winning singer announced she will be performing at Raymond James Stadium August 14th, 2018. Fans are already getting down to business early to make sure they score tickets.

With this tour, the singer is implementing a program that will ensure real fans are the ones getting first dibs on tickets. That'll be important, because, as police warn, a show this popular  attracts scammers hoping to bank on fans' loyalty.

"Within 30 minutes, I had texted my mom, my sister, my brothers," said Domonick Botto. "Everybody had messaged me to let me know she was coming."

Three days after dropping her 6th album, "reputation," Taylor swift made another big release: her 2018 tour schedule.

"The album, I've been waiting for, for so long," said 13-year-old Sutton Johnson. "I went to my first concert when I was 6. I went to my second concert when I was 9."

"I was hooked from 'Look What You Made Me Do," said Botto.

Her 1989 tour, two years ago, sold out at Ray Jay. This time around, she's teaming up with Ticketmaster's "Verified" Fan" program to make sure tickets go to fans, not scalpers or bots.

When fans visit TaylorSwift.com, they can click on "Taylor Swift Tix." After they sign up, they'll gain higher priority for tickets for watching music videos, completing activities or buying merchandise. Other performers like U2 are doing the same to ensure scalpers don't try to make a few extra bucks on their shows.

"The verified pre-sale thing is the best thing that has ever happened," Botto said. "I don't have to worry about am I going to get it? Am I not going to get it?"

But if you try to buy tickets another way, Tampa Police warn fans to watch out for "Bad Blood."

"When you have really big events, then, you have some ticket scams, " said Tampa Police Spokesperson Steve Hegarty. "People see that there's going to be a lot more demand than there is supply so they try to take advantage of that and I think Taylor Swift definitely falls into that category."

Their advice:
    -Only buy from a reputable source like Ticketmaster or Stubhub.
    -If you do meet a seller online,  "buyer beware." Tickets that look real, don't always scan, as some Swifties (Taylor Swift fans) learned the hard way in 2015, the last time Swift performed in Tampa.
    -Make sure to get the seller's contact info
    -Take their picture in case there's a problem.

"Now, that won't help you if they are going to scam you but it will help us to find the bad guy after the fact and get your money back," Hegarty said.

Each fan has a different favorite tune.

"'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' I think is the number one," Botto said.

"I like 'Gorgeous'," said Johnson.

And when August rolls around, as Taylor sings, they'll be "Ready for it."

"We are seeing a whole new side and true fans will stay with her," Botto said.

Tickets go on sale to the general public December 13th. But, fans who join Taylor Swift Tix will get the chance to buy in advance. You'll need to register by November 28th.

We still have a long way to go until Taylor performs at Ray Jay. But if you're counting, Swifties that's just 273 more days.

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