But of the 14,000 people in attendance Friday night, many traveled further distances. Swift mentioned visitors from as far away as England and Brazil. There were also many from other parts of the Southeast, including a woman and her daughter who sat in front of us. They traveled from Pensacola, Fl.
Friday's concert was the second of three at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to wrap up Swift's "Red" tour. The final event is Saturday night.
The 22-year-old admitted she was fighting a cold and could barely speak Friday morning. While you could hear a touch of roughness in her voice, she still shined like the star she is.
Swift performed her "Red" hits, including the title track, plus "22," "I Knew You were Trouble," "Never," and "Everything has Changed," her duet with Ed Sheeran, the night's second opening act. James Casey was the first.
Our seats were horrible. At nearly $100 apiece, they were the best available when I purchased them. They were also the highest and furthest from the stage, with a large net blocking our view of the monitors.
Swift, who had just learned she was nominated for six 2013 CMA awards, was like a speck in the spotlight. Fortunately, she spent about 20 minutes on a smaller stage in the back of the venue, giving us a better look.
The highlight for many fans was the surprise guest appearance by Rascall Flatts. The band performed their hit, "Hurts the Most" with Swift.
Swift delivered two hours of solid performances, including a therapy session that reminded all of us to be true to ourselves, that we can't "make" people like us and that some people will always be mean. Yep, that was the intro to her song, "Mean."
It was a late night in Music City for those of us with 9 p.m. (or earlier) bedtimes. But Swift made it worth our while.
She was absolutely delightful and honest, demonstrating sincere appreciation for the fans who helped her climb to the top of the country music charts. For Swift, success appears to be sweetest when shared with those who made it possible.