EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Taylor Swift put on a show for 60,000 fans to remember at MetLife Stadium Friday night.

As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, the reigning pop princess entertained the throng in a stage show that thrilled even the most unlikely of devotees.

She opened the show with “Welcome to New York,” and quite a welcome to New York it was – or technically, to the New Jersey suburbs.

But semantics aside, Swift opened her two-night run at MetLife Stadium in style.

The 25-year-old pop phenom is in the middle of her 1989 world tour – a tour that is marked by preteen adoration.

One group of young girls spent weeks making puffy paint Taylor tees, and were proud to show them off.

“She has the best song ever,” said Sophie Accurso of Congers.

“She’s inspiring,” said Stephanie Cefolo of Whippany, New Jersey.

Swift has spawned her huge following in part on social media. She connects with fans intimately on the screen, and they play right along.

“I think it’s because she’s such a role model for young girls, and her music, like, has such a message,” said Chelsea Fox of Warwick. “So I mean, she’s so cool.”

And while Swift played to the middle school-aged masses, there were a few older men in the crowd.

“It’s actually funny. I’m one of the only guys here,” said Chris Devlin, who won his tickets on the radio. “I actually am excited to see — I’ve seen her before with my daughter – puts on a great show. I’m looking forward to it.”

Swift even welcomed the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team before the show, after a whirlwind week capping their World Cup win.

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