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Taylor Swift Takes Over Swiftkirchen for Epic Eras Tour

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Swifties from across the globe are converging on Swiftkirchen, formerly known as Gelsenkirchen, as American superstar Taylor Swift prepares to headline three Eras Tour concerts later this month.

In a tribute to the beloved singer, the city has temporarily renamed itself “Swiftkirchen,” symbolizing a warm welcome to the tens of thousands of fans expected to attend the shows on July 17, 18, and 19, reported German news agency dpa.

The renaming ceremony featured a special yellow city sign now adorned with Swift’s iconic pink portrait, unveiled by avid fan Aleshanee Westhoff. Westhoff’s initiative, including a petition to the city’s mayor, garnered enthusiastic support, with Mayor Karin Welge praising the teenager’s creativity in a letter of acceptance.

City spokesman Markus Schwardtmann revealed plans to install additional Swiftkirchen signs at prominent locations throughout the city center to enhance the festive atmosphere.

Despite being historically known as a former coal mining hub and one of Germany’s less affluent cities, Gelsenkirchen has become a focal point for international entertainment, notably hosting Swift’s upcoming concerts at the Veltins-Arena on Schalke stadium, which boasts a capacity of up to 70,000 attendees.

Adding to the excitement, Swift will be honored with a stone on the Gelsenkirchen Walk of Fame, joining local luminaries such as soccer coach Rudi Assauer and writer Ilse Kibgis. Concert-goers can also look forward to open-air parties featuring karaoke sessions, while a dedicated “Taylor Swift streetcar” is already operational, according to dpa.

Schwardtmann hinted at further surprises in store for Swifties, promising a mix of both grand gestures and intimate experiences to ensure an unforgettable visit to Swiftkirchen.

With tickets for Swift’s Gelsenkirchen performances completely sold out, the anticipation is palpable as the city gears up to celebrate its temporary transformation into a haven for Taylor Swift enthusiasts. After Gelsenkirchen, Swift’s Eras Tour will continue with scheduled shows in Hamburg and Munich, promising continued excitement for fans across Germany.

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