How could Taylor Swift get to the Super Bowl from her Eras Tour? Here are possible routes – The Athletic
By Alex AndrejevFeb 10, 2024
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Taylor Swift has logged plenty of miles traveling the world on her record-breaking Eras Tour, and on Saturday, she could add over 5,500 more on a one-way trip.
That’s assuming the pop star makes the journey from the stage in Tokyo, where she performed Saturday, to Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to watch boyfriend Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs play in the Super Bowl.
Kansas City will be making its fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years. The Chiefs will face the San Francisco 49ers in the marquee matchup at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Swift has already been a regular presence at Kelce’s games since the two debuted their relationship in the fall. But the travel schedule to catch the season finale is a grind.
With a nighttime show to close four days in Japan, Swift will have to hustle to get across the Pacific Ocean and back to the states in time for kickoff.
So, can she make it?
In short, yes. The 17-hour time difference works in her favor and means Swift could get to Las Vegas with plenty of time to spare.
But there are considerations, such as weather patterns and the crowded Las Vegas airports on Super Bowl weekend, that could factor in.
Here’s how it might work.
Swift performed four shows at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on consecutive nights from Feb. 7-10 (she heads to Australia next for shows starting Feb. 16). Doors opened at 4 p.m. local time for her Tokyo concert, with the show starting at 6 p.m.
There were no openers for her Tokyo tour dates, meaning Swift went on close to 6 p.m. and wrapped the show around 9:30 p.m.
Swift’s exact route hasn’t been confirmed, but Haneda Airport is the closest airport to the Tokyo Dome at a roughly 25-minute drive. With additional time to account for concert traffic and flight check-in, Swift could be wheels up to Las Vegas an hour later.
According to Business Insider, Swift just sold one of the two multimillion-dollar private jets — the Dassault Falcon 900 — she used heavily during the U.S. leg of her Eras Tour.
Her remaining jet, the Dassault Falcon 7X, has a range of 5,906 nautical miles. The distance between Haneda Airport and Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport, located near Allegiant Stadium, is 4,821 nautical miles (5,548 miles).
An account manager at Paramount Business Jets — which offers worldwide private jet charter flights, including on the 7X, but is not affiliated with Swift’s plans — estimated the trip from Haneda Airport to Harry Reid International Airport would take about 10 to 10 1/2 hours on that aircraft.
That means if Swift were to depart at 10:30 p.m. in Tokyo, because of the time change, she would arrive at around 4 p.m. in Las Vegas on Saturday, a full day before the game.
The account manager, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said that as of Jan. 26, there were no slots available to land in Las Vegas during Super Bowl weekend.
“I have four clients who wanted to fly in for the Super Bowl and we had to cancel their trips because nobody is able to get the proper times to land in Las Vegas,” the account manager said.
However, on Monday, Paramount Business Jets CEO Richard Zaher said the company had a parking solution and could offer additional slots via a contract with another operator.
“We know it’s going to be busy,” Harry Reid International Airport spokesperson Melissa DeFrank said. “We’ve been preparing for it for quite a while now, but … Super Bowl weekend is always busy in Las Vegas. We’re pretty well-prepared to handle a lot of traffic.”
Airlines are also preparing for a surge in demand. American Airlines even coded their flights in honor of the Chiefs and Swift. American added seven direct flights from Feb. 8-13 arriving at either Harry Reid International Airport or Kansas City International Airport. Three of those are No. 15, named for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who wears jersey No. 15. Two are No. 1989, a nod to Swift’s chart-topping album. One is No. 87 — Kelce’s jersey number — and another is 1521, a combination of Mahomes and safety Mike Edwards’ jersey numbers.
“The excitement surrounding this year’s sporting events has never been greater,” American Airlines said in a statement. “You could say that after (Sunday’s) games, we are in our football era, and we are thrilled to provide direct flights from Kansas City to Las Vegas. To our customers who are huge sports fans, look what you made us do.”
Swift’s travel plans were not clear, and she hasn’t publicly confirmed she will attend the Super Bowl. An email to her publicist was not immediately returned.
Even if Swift doesn’t land in Las Vegas, however, she could fly into Los Angeles — to either LAX or Van Nuys Airport — and drive the rest of the way.
In that scenario, the flight would be roughly 45 minutes shorter to Los Angeles, meaning a flight of about 9 hours and 45 minutes. So Swift could make it to L.A. and through customs around 3:30 p.m. local time.
A drive from LAX to Allegiant Stadium takes four to five hours, depending on stops and traffic. In that scenario, she’d still get to Vegas by 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, with lots of time for pregame activities.
Or much-needed sleep.
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Alex Andrejev is a staff editor on the news team. Before joining The Athletic, she covered NASCAR and Charlotte FC for The Charlotte Observer and was a reporting intern on the sports desk for The Washington Post. She grew up near Washington, D.C.