Taylor Swift Sydney Eras concert: big storms cancel opener Sabrina Carpenter.

Less than an hour before Taylor Swift's Friday night performance was scheduled to start, a massive storm with surrounding lightning strikes caused the area to be temporarily evacuated, evacuating people from the floor and lower bowl of Sydney's Accor Stadium.   

Accor Stadium requested that attendees remain hidden until "further notice" in a post on X, the former name of Twitter, announcing the start time delay.   

Delays necessitated acting to support Sabrina Carpenter did not sing; instead, Swift arrived on stage to a thunderous applause at 7:45 p.m.   

The stadium had earlier announced that Swift's first Sydney Eras performance will take place "rain or shine," barring extremely bad weather that might endanger people's safety.   

Due to Airservices Australia's decision to reduce the number of Sydney arrivals and departures during the day due to the forecast of severe storms, there were delays and cancellations.   

In order to bring more people to Sydney on schedule, Qantas operated an Airbus A380 from Melbourne to Sydney, which could have carried the passengers of roughly three Boeing 737 flights.   

Although Qantas stated it was doubtful that customers were flying to Sydney for the 6.20pm event, the 5pm flight would help handle Friday's high demand. That 4pm flight had been replaced with that 5pm flight.   

In a statement, Qantas stated that all impacted customers had been notified and that those arriving from other airports might be able to transfer to an earlier aircraft.   

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