Going downtown Friday? Don’t expect a swift journey

You will, however, be surrounded by Swifties. And Janet Jackson fans.
The Hawks' game six win means Janet Jackson and Taylor Swift both perform in downtown Atlanta on Friday, April 28.

Credit: AP

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The Hawks' game six win means Janet Jackson and Taylor Swift both perform in downtown Atlanta on Friday, April 28.

The Hawks won on Tuesday, forcing Game 6. That moved Janet Jackson’s Thursday show to Friday. And that means her second night at State Farm Arena happens as Taylor Swift fans descend on nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first of three weekend shows.

It’s going to get crowded in downtown Atlanta, and don’t expect to find a parking space anywhere near where you’re going. All the spaces sold in advance for the Taylor Swift show are gone, and that won’t leave a lot for other travelers. As always, MARTA is your best bet for getting into and around the area.

And it isn’t just a logistical puzzle for fans. Jackson’s road crew will have to erect the stage and lighting for Wednesday’s State Farm Arena concert, dismantle it for the Hawks’ Game 6 playoff game Thursday then rebuild it all again for Friday night’s concert.

And if you were planning to attend Thursday night’s concert, you’ll either have to change your plans to Friday or get a refund at point of purchase. Limited tickets remain at Ticketmaster.com.

As for Jackson’s concert, doors will open Friday at 6:30 and the concert is set to start at 7:45 p.m. with opener Ludacris. For all of the Swift concerts, the doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

If you’re headed to the Hawks game Thursday night, doors open at 7:30 p.m. with game time set for 8:30 p.m. For the latest info on tickets, go to Hawks.com/playoffs.

All three of the Swift concerts are sold out. The pop superstar will bring her Eras tour to Mercedes-Benz Stadium Friday through Sunday, but her fans the Swifties will start arriving even before their idol. Mercedes-Benz Stadium expects around 180,000 fans will attend the three shows this weekend. It’s the first time anyone has sold out three consecutive nights at the stadium, and only Swift and Beyonce have sold out two in a row, both in 2019.

Expect the Swifties to start arriving early, though, even as Hawks fans head to State Farm Arena for game six. On Thursday, April 27, Taylor Swift merchandise goes on sale at International Plaza outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., but fans will not be allowed on site before 6 a.m. Beginning Friday, April 28, the outside merch location will open at noon and will continue selling Swift stuff after the show each day through Sunday.

You’ll find more details about the shows and the game at mercedesbenzstadium.com and statefarmarena.com, including what you can and cannot bring to the venues.

As for the Hawks, if they win Thursday night, the series returns to Boston. The other option? Heartbroken Hawks fans, but easier downtown navigation.