I just went to the prudential center, new jersey show last night and figured I'd write a little about my experience to help anyone out who is wondering about anything. This might be a little long, so brace yourselves. Also, if you don't want any spoilers I wouldn't read this either. My boyfriend and I had gotten the VIP reflection section tickets. Our merchandise still hasn't come in, but is supposed to come in this week which I was a little sad about not being able to use some of it at the concert, but oh well.
The check in started at 5 and closed at 5:45. We, unfortunately didn't get there until 4:30. When we arrived there were probably about 30 people in line already and by the time the doors opened there was about 20 people behind us. They were very slow checking in, we waited until about 6:20 before they finally started taking us up the stairs to the pit. It was actually a little unorganized, and there were a lot of rude people trying to sneak their way to the front of the line. A couple people got there at 5:45 and they almost didn't let them in, so I would make sure that you are really strict about getting there as early as you can. If I had to do it over, I think 4 would have been enough time to be closer to the front of the line.
We were shown to the stage, and were escorted under the prism to enter. Of course the people in the front of the line dashed to the tip of the prism, and everyone else tried to secure a spot along the side to be closest to the stage. The stage was about level to us at some parts. We secured a spot on the left side of the prism, in about the middle. I thought for sure that the pit was going to be very tightly crowded, but to my surprise even when Katy had started there was still enough room to dance and move freely.
Ferras and Capital Cities played and were both very good. I can't say I'm a huge fan of either, but I still enjoyed their performance. Ferras came on at about 7 and Capital Cities about 7:45. Katy did not come on until about 9:20. There was a man who had taken his daughters to the previous show the night before and said that 9:20 was the time she came on that night too.
When Katy came on I could barely contain my excitement. She played almost all of her hits, and most of the prism songs. She didn't end up playing ghost, double rainbow, spiritual, or choose your battles. I had figured that they wouldn't be sung based on other people's posts. She did almost all of the first half of the show on the main stage. She spent a good amount of time on the tip of the prism, mostly for the acoustic set. As for the sides of the stage, she didn't really come down them too much. She definitely favored the right side more than the side I was on. She took some selfies over there, and the man who came the night before said she went to that side then too. As for the left side, there was maybe about 4 times she walked down/up it, but didn't really stop too many times. She grabbed some letters from the tip of the prism and touched all of their hands. When she was doing the acoustic set, she looked out past the prism and called a young girl on stage to have a pizza party and share a whole box of pizza with her friends. The person chosen for Birthday was also chosen from the main audience.
If I had to do it over again, I think even though I was close enough to touch the side of the stage, I would definitely go to the front of the main stage. Of course if the tip had been open I would've gone there. I would say if you want the best pictures/video and best view to go to the main stage. It is higher up, so you do kind of have to look up, but it was still fairly close and most of her performances were there. If you want the most interaction, the tip is the obvious choice, but make sure you are there as early as possible. If you don't have VIP it would probably be pretty hard to get there. As for the sides, if the rest of the shows are comparable to both new jersey shows, I would say definitely the right side.
Regardless of where you are in the prism, it's such a great feeling to be in there and be so close and surrounded by the stage and dancers. Walking on air was very cool because a big silky sheet came down over the prism. My favorite performances of the night were Roar(because it was the opening, making it the most climactic), I kissed a girl, hot and cold, firework, and by the grace of god. Her vocals were so beautiful during the acoustic set (of course the rest of the songs too). They actually had technical difficulties during Dark Horse, but a cute screen came up to keep us eagerly waiting. The snippets played during her costume changes were so adorable and neat. I really enjoyed the sipping on gin and milk one with the cats.
There's so much to say and I've already made this extremely long, so I'll end it here. But I just wanted to answer some questions I had been wondering about and give some insight and what to expect. One more thing, don't forget to get 3D glasses for firework at the end, you won't want to miss it. Hope you all have fun at the upcoming shows.