Taylor Swift concert in Louisville will be hot in more ways than one

Taylor Swift concert in Louisville will be hot in more ways than one
Taylor Swift will bring her Reputation Tour to Louisville on Saturday.
Patrons have had to deal with extreme heat at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium before - like the U2 concert in the summer of 2017. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Patrons have had to deal with extreme heat at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium before - like the U2 concert in the summer of 2017. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
WAVE 3 News Meteorologist Ryan Hoke. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
WAVE 3 News Meteorologist Ryan Hoke. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mitchell Burmeister, spokesperson for Louisville Metro Emergency Services. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mitchell Burmeister, spokesperson for Louisville Metro Emergency Services. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Taylor Swift brings her Reputation Tour to Louisville on Saturday and fans are preparing for the heat that will come with it at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The afternoon heat will be the worst, so even though parking lots will open at 2 p.m. and gates at 5 p.m,  if you want to avoid the hottest times, you may want to come a little later.

Even though other concerts at Papa Johns have been hot, like last year's U2 show, thousands of concert goers coming to the stadium should plan ahead for several hours of heat.

"This is easily going to be one of the hottest days we will have so far this year," WAVE 3 News Meteorologist Ryan Hoke said.

It will be a muggy 95 degrees but the humidity will make it feel 10 degrees hotter.

"During the afternoon, we add the heat to that humidity," Hoke explained. "That gives us what we call the heat index value and that's how your body responds to the heat with the humidity added in, so it will feel like 105 degrees."

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Health experts said that's what you need to dress and hydrate for to avoid heat exhaustion. If you can go a little later in the day, you're much better off and according to Mitchell Burmeister, spokesman for Louisville Metro Emergency Services.

"Wear light loose fitting clothing - make sure it's lightweight, light in color so you're reflecting some of that heat back out," Burmeister said. "Make sure you stay hydrated."

Experts have advised concert goers to drink plenty of water and keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum to avoid dehydration. Stay in shaded areas when you can, keep an eye out for those around you, and alert security or first aid if someone is faint or dizzy.

"If you can, find an air conditioned space or a cool space in the building," Burmeister said. "Maybe it's just going into the bathroom for a little bit because it might be a little cooler in there. Just get that person away from the heat."

Plans are in the works to keep fans safe and cool. The show has its own security and first aid detail.

UofL Issues Heat Action Plan for Taylor Swift Concert on Saturday

In anticipation of the warm weather for the Taylor Swift Concert at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (PJCS) on Saturday, the following Heat Action Plan has been put into place.

Three (3) Buses from Miller Transportation will be placed around the stadium starting at 3 pm that will be used as Cooling Stations.  These buses will be open to anyone looking for a cool spot to stop and rest prior to entering the facility.

As patrons walk the main stadium concourse they will find large fans stationed to provide a breeze.  Centerplate, the stadium concessionaire, has brought in over 50,000 bottles of water that will be available throughout the facility and to those seated on the field level for the concert.

In addition to the water, over 70,000 lbs. of ice will be available in the facility as the concession staff will continue to provide free 12 oz. cups with ice to anyone looking to get water from any of the water fountains located throughout the stadium.  This is all in addition to the Gatorade and Pepsi products that are always available at any concession stand in the facility.

In addition to the full medical and ambulatory staff and equipment that will be onsite, extra staff and equipment have been brought in to staff the cooling station buses during the concert.

Knowing that the weather forecast is calling for a warmer day, it is everyone's responsibility to stay hydrated not only during the concert, but before they arrive to attend the event.

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