Surviving summer stadium shows
I hadn't been to a giant stadium show in a very long time until I took my daughter to the recent Taylor Swift show at Ohio Stadium. I learned a few things that I'd like to pass along to you, dear reader.
1. Research which side of the stadium you're on and when that side will be in direct sun. When sitting way up in the cheap seats under a cloudless sky, not even a lemon shake-up, nor an absurdly expensive “craft” beer, can mitigate such heat. Which brings me to…
2. Don't imbibe too much lemonade and/or beer. Not because of the lemonade's never-quite-dissolved sugar or the beer's alcohol content, but because you'll feel like you spent your evening on a StairMaster going back and forth to the bathroom.
3. If this On the Run II tour is anything like Swift's Reputation tour, the headliner won't go on until about 9 p.m. So arriving early when the gates open at 6 p.m. will certainly help beat the crowds, but you'll (likely) be sitting on backless bleachers for three hours (see No. 1 for additional information on sitting in the sun).
4. The openers for this show are R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle and DJ Khaled, who is exceptionally good at shouting his own name. Oh, and the headliners: Beyonce is a very famous R&B singer, and Jay-Z is a similarly famous rapper. They are married with three kids. (Don't miss it)