By the time the fireworks popped and fizzled farewell over FedEx Field, Teresa Carey was on the lookout. She stood outside her SUV, trying to locate her daughter, whom she had ordered to start the pilgrimage to the parent pickup zone before the fiery finale. This was a Taylor Swift concert; this was no time to mess around.
The glow of Carey’s iPhone bathed her face as she prodded it. “Follow signs to red lot,” she mumbled as she texted. “No, not Red Lobster! Come on, spellcheck.”
Carey had driven her adult daughter and a friend to the show after she discovered that venue parking cost $60, as much as a cold-shoulder Taylor Swift tour T-shirt, but drop-off and pickup are free. Determined to avoid the post-show madness, Carey arrived half an hour early and brought a cooler of drinks for the Swift fans. She was preparation personified.
“I just knew they were going to be hot and tired, and…