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How did the Houston Dash enter their Taylor Swift era?

After a hard fought and fearless 1-1 draw on the road in Washington D.C. the team hopped off the plane at IAH with a dream and a cardigan: To attend pop superstar Taylor Swift’s final night of The Eras Tour stop in Houston on Sunday, April 23. 

Dash assistant coach Sarah Lowdon was the man and secured 29 tickets to the show thanks to a member of the production crew. Lowdon, who is a Swiftie (term for fans of Taylor Swift), knew all too well that most of the players would jump at the opportunity to attend one of the most in-demand tours of this decade. 

With the team flight landing in Houston around 3 p.m. CT players and staff quickly rushed to get home and changed into something with more style. Long story short, they made it to NRG Stadium (Taylor’s Version) just before Swift took the stage. 

The show, which was attended by more than 100,000 spectators in Houston across three nights, was a three-hour spectacle that spanned Swift’s entire career with music from 10 different studio albums. 

Dash head coach Sam Laity said he and a few other members of the coaching staff joined the players in attending the show to “make sure the players were cared for.” 

The first-year head coach said he was enchanted to have been able to provide that off-the-field experience for the players and was non-committal about whether or not he had the best day with Taylor Swift. However, Dash assistant coach Ricky Clarke said Laity had been buzzing all day in anticipation of the show.