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Taylor Swift to return to Fargodome; tickets on sale next month

Tickets for seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift's Fargo show go on sale Dec. 12. REUTERS

Swifties got a big reason to “Shake It Off” Monday with news that Taylor Swift will return to the Fargodome next year.

The seven-time Grammy winner and country and pop superstar announced her “1989” world tour Monday, including a show at the Fargodome on Sept. 9.

The concert with performances by opening acts Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes is scheduled almost exactly two years after Swift first took the Fargodome stage on Sept. 6, 2013. She drew a sold-out crowd of 20,613 for that show during her “Red” tour, a performance that still ranks among the 20 biggest concerts since the Fargodome opened in 1992.

The announcement of Swift’s next world tour, set to kick off May 20 in Bossier City, La., came on the heels of projections that the 25-year-old’s new album “1989” was on track to sell more than 1.3 million copies in its first week.

The official sales numbers will be released Wednesday. But analysts said she could break the record of the biggest first week of album sales by a female artist now held by Britney Spears’ 2000 album, “Oops! … I Did It Again,” which sold 1.319 million copies.

It could also be the biggest first week of sales for any album since Eminem’s 2002 release, “The Eminem Show,” which sold 1.322 million copies.

While the Fargo-Moorhead area isn’t considered a primary concert market yet with a metro-area population of around 200,000, General Manager Rob Sobolik said the Fargodome has “really increased its profile” in the industry with a string of sold-out shows in recent years.

“Fargo has for a long time been on the radar of a lot of promoters,” he said. “But I think also with our recent success with Pink, with Taylor Swift the last time, with Justin Timberlake, with Katy Perry and the more current pop and country that they definitely look at Fargo as a building and a date that they want to get to at some point on the tour.”

Ticket prices and the number of seats available for Swift’s stop at the Fargodome haven’t been determined yet, Sobolik said, but officials are planning for another full-arena seating configuration.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Fargodome box office, online at www.inforumtix.com or by calling (855) 694-6367.

American Express card holders and members of taylorswift.com can buy their tickets early during a pre-sale from 10 a.m. Dec. 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 11. For more information on ticket options, visit http://taylorswift.com.

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