Early in the week, Ben Delgado, 26, managed to score two $350 second-row tickets, via presales, to see Taylor Swift on her 2023 Eras tour. He couldn’t believe his luck, then he wondered who would be lucky enough to sit and singalong to “All Too Well” beside him.
“I [could] take a female friend,” Delgado, who works in solar sales and lived in Atlanta, told The Post. “Or, I can just, you know, make this the best first date ever.”
On Wednesday, he posted a screenshot of the concert seating chart to his Instagram Story with the message “Now taking applications for a +1.”
Dozens of women quickly “overwhelmed” his DMs on the social media platform.
“It’s gotten pretty insane,” he said, likening his Taylor seat to Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. “I even had my friend said who saw the posts and text me [saying] ‘I know a girl who would love to go I can give her your number.’”
Ben Delgado wants to take a genuine fan to see Swift’s Atlanta show with him.Courtesy of Ben Delgado
Countless Swift fan were left heartbroken on Thursday when general sales to her tour were canceled due to “historically unprecedented” demand by those with early access. Wily single men who somehow snapped up early tickets are suddenly objects of great desire — and they’re enjoying their new special status.
“[Some girls] have sent actual resumes,” said Ryan Hong, a 23-year-old who, on Tuesday, snagged two tickets to Swift’s Boston show. On Wednesday, he made a 5-second TikTok video asking who might want to duet with him at the concert. Within hours, the post blew up. It now has nearly 900,000 views and 6,000 comments, and Hong has received hundreds of Instagram DMs from eager women. Some, though, are approaching him with caution.
Delgado posted his seats to his Instagram story after successfully securing tickets.Courtesy of Ben Delgado
“[One girl said] ‘I’m just curious, like, do you like actually have these tickets or like, are you just kinda like trolling,’ ” he recounted. “I wouldn’t [play] with someone’s emotions like that, said the Harvard undergrad, who is studying statistics and economics. “I literally have the tickets, I’m single and I’m looking for a date.”
Both men insist they’re genuine Swift fans, and they’re looking for women who share their passion for the Grammy winner.
Ryan Hong posted a now-viral TikTok searching for a date for Swift’s Boston show in 2023.Courtesy of Ryan Hong
“I want to take someone that is definitely going to know the songs [and] relate to the music,” Delgado said. “[I’d like to] have a bonding experience over a once in a lifetime concert.”
At press time, neither had selected a date just yet. They say they’ll wait until the spring to choose a date and not stress too much in the meantime.
“It’s not ‘The Bachelor,’ ” Hong said. “[I’m just] shooting my shot — putting it out there into the world and seeing what comes.”