A couple weeks ago my husband, sister-in-law, and I packed up the car for a trip to Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey for an experience we are sure to never forget. BTS is not only one of my favorite K-Pop groups, but also one of the biggest groups in the music world today. For months, my husband and I had been planning to surprise my sister-in-law Nicole with tickets to one of their shows. Little did we know, getting our hands on those tickets would be way harder than we thought.
The tickets went on sale on a Friday morning, so I took off work so I could be on Ticketmaster right when they went on sale. My husband was also on Ticketmaster at that time so we could double our chances. As soon as the tickets went live, our sites both crashed and then said there were over 2000 people in front of us. Needless to say, I was freaking out! After 3 hours, we finally got in, but there were only single seats left around the stadium, and whenever we would click on the seats it said someone already bought them. We lost hope and decided it wasn’t meant to be. Later that day, I told my dad and he said that I should check StubHub, which I wasn’t even considering an option at that time because sites other than Ticketmaster scared me. However, we were desperate. I went on StubHub and was able to get tickets closer than what I would have been able to with Ticketmaster. We did pay a bit more, but that was to be expected being that the tickets were so in demand.
Leading up to the concert, I was nervous wreck thinking “what if my tickets won’t work,” etc. because I had never used StubHub before. *Spoiler Alert* Everything ended up fine and we got in with zero problem. I just overthink.
We got on the road early the morning of the concert so that we could stop for lunch and we could make sure that we were on time, even if traffic was bad through DC and Baltimore (which it was). We stopped at the Delaware Welcome Center for some Panda Express (if you’re ARMY you’ll know why). We ended up seeing tons of people who were also heading to the concert since this was their only stop on the East Coast. Once we got to Newark New Jersey, we checked into the hotel and rested for maybe thirty minutes before heading to the venue. Somewhere in there, we stopped for gas and it was the most confusing yet terrifying thing we did the entire trip! Why do people have to pump your gas there?!
Once we got to Metlife, it was craziness. Thousands of people were there buying merchandise, dancing, and singing along to sound check in the background. I tried to meet with my friend Sarah who was sitting in almost the same area as us, but the massive crowds proved difficult for us finding each other. Once inside, we bought our shirts ($40 a piece but hoodies were more) and official BTS lighsticks ($55 each batteries not included were $2 a pack). The lightsticks connect to an app using bluetooth. You put your seat information in and the light sticks glow depending on where you are.
Once in the venue, BTS music videos, safety videos, and instructionalvideos on how to set up your light stick were playing on the big screens. The energy in the air was incredible. Everyone was friendly and happy which is something that I haven’t seen at any other concerts I’ve been to.
There isn’t much to say about the concert except IT WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AND I WANT TO GO BACK. Okay, now that’s out of my system. The concert lasted about 3 hours and was full of amazing vocals, dancing, special effects, and a lot of the members trying to speak English which was adorable. There were also many fanchants and my personal favorite moment was Jungkook flying through the sky during Euphoria. All the members performed thier solo songs which I loved because their voices are incredible together but even more so when they are singing their solo songs.
My favorite moment of the show (EDIT: Yes, I know I have said favorite multiple times but the entire concert was my favorite really.) was the encore when they came back onstage for Anpanman, So What, Make it Right, and Mikrokosmos (which I will never listen to the same way again). They took so much time talking to their fans and showing how appreciative they were for all the support. They said they would never forget that night which the same is to be said for me.
After the show, we met with my friend and prepared to head out of the stadium. The traffic leaving the show was insane and I wish never to experience that in my life again. It took us 2 1/2 hours to leave the parking lot and we didn’t get back to the hotel until like 1:15 in the morning. The only plus side was a great view of NYC lit up at night, and a lot of time to talk about and relive the concert with friends.
The concert was honestly one of the most amazing concerts I’ve been to. The way the members made everyone feel included and with how much time they spent entertaining and making their fans feel special was something you don’t see often. I am truly blessed to have been able to see BTS in concert and expereince it with my family.