A Mom’s Guide to Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in Kansas City

One of the most highly anticipated tours of the summer is hitting Kansas City on July 7 and 8 as Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour takes over GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. If you were lucky enough to come out of the Ticketmaster debacle of 2022 with tickets in hand, you’ve been preparing for this show for quite some time. But The Eras Tour isn’t your average concert. From the glitz in glam (and that’s just in the stands) to the arts and crafts you may want to do beforehand, below you’ll find all the ways you and the fellow Swifties in your life can prepare for the show.

The Reputation Tour at Arrowhead in 2018. We had to pack jackets for that show, it won’t be that way for The Eras Tour.

What to Know About the Eras Tour in Kansas City Before You Go

The Look

Are you and your crew wanting to fit into the look and feel of the audience around you? Then it’s time to have lots of fun with your concert outfit! The Eras Tour has produced spikes in sales of metallic boots and sequin dresses as Swifties all over flock to retailers and online stores looking for their fun and vibrant outfits, oftentimes paying homage to a specific one of Taylor’s nine albums. If you’re needing inspiration just search #erastouroutfit on social media to find awesome ideas and head to places like Country Club Plaza and Legends Outlets who are helping you dress the part!

The Photo Ops

Union Station has Chiefs like photo ops provided by Alpha Lit for all your excitement leading up to the show. Throw on your sequins and capture your memories with two light installations, available 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

You can also get your Swiftie Selfies at McLains Market in Shawnee on Friday, July 7 only from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect 10 photo stops courtesy of Up Up Away Balloons.

The Bracelets

This is one thing I was so glad to find out beforehand. Swifties the country over have started a fun tradition at The Eras Tour of trading friendship bracelets with other fans in the stadiums. These fun beaded bracelets include song titles, referencing the city for which the show is taking place and more. This is the perfect arts and craft project to keep your young Swifties staying busy on the hot summer days leading up to the show.

The Songs

Taylor puts on a show consisting of a 44-song setlist traveling through all of her albums. Are you needing a brushup on songs? You can find setlist playlists on various music platforms like Apple, Spotify and more.

The Purchases

Do you want to make things run as smoothly as possible before the show? There are things that you can purchase in advance to make things easier for you. The first is parking. Arrowhead says parking must be purchased in advance ($47 a car), so do that when the wifi is still good. In addition, if you want to avoid the long lines at the merch booths Taylor has made it easy on you by making the official tour merch available online now.

At the Show

The Bags

Your new purse for the show may be super cute, but it may not be allowed in. Make sure you check out the Arrowhead bag policy for the show so you’re not stuck walking back to your vehicle to drop off a purse that isn’t allowed inside.

The Ears

Arrowhead is famous for hitting 142.2 decibels when playing our rivals. Now imagine the thousands of additional fans being added to the field and their favorite songs blasting through the stadium as every single lyric is sung back to Taylor Swift herself. If you were at Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour in 2018, you know that it is LOUD. Protect your kiddo’s ears (and yours) with ear protection headphones or earplugs.

These noise-canceling earphones were a great item to have at Taylor’s last show at Arrowhead.

The Elements

This show will go on rain or shine (or heat). Make sure you check out the permitted and prohibited items that you can bring into the stadium to make sure your show experience is as comfortable as possible. And as we all know, July in KC will be hot. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and remember you can bring in a factory-sealed 20 oz water bottle, take advantage of that!

The Plan

Just like when you’re going into any crowded place, go over a plan with your party in case you get separated. Write your phone number on your younger ones in case they get lost in the shuffle and point out the ushers and what they are wearing should your kiddo need help later.

The App

Before you arrive be sure to download the Chiefs Mobile App onto your phone. That will give you the most updated information for the stadium the day of including maps, lost and found, ordering concessions (skip the line!) and more.

It will be wonderful two nights at Arrowhead with Taylor Swift and 76,000 of your closest friends. Remember to prepare yourself and your Swifties as much as possible and have a wonderful night making memories that you’ll remember all too well.

Jamie Young
Born in Kansas City, Jamie spent age 8-18 in Columbia, MO yet always considered KC to be home. Jamie returned to KC after high school to attend Avila University, where she earned her degree in Communication. After residing in South KC, Raymore, the Plaza, River Market and Overland Park, Jamie is now a proud (and permanent) resident of Lenexa. Jamie is wife to her love, Andy, and mom to the dream team; Lucy (12), Quinn (10) and Hazel (6). Jamie is the Events Director for Kansas City Mom Collective and loves creating fun and exciting ways to gather as a community, especially if a theme is involved! Jamie loves a good coffee shop, is a self-diagnosed Fall-aholic, is a Peloton newbie, is a proud member of “The Read That Society” (a book club full of close friends that just celebrated its 13th anniversary), is an internet-ordained minister, she loves blasting Paul McCartney out of the minivan windows and is a sucker for a good home decor store.