Taylor Swift Banner Covered After Los Angeles Kings Fans Fear Hockey Game ‘Curse’
Los Angeles Kings fans are convinced Taylor Swift is bringing the hockey team bad luck.
According to Deadline, the Staples Center covered up a banner that says "Taylor Swift Most Sold Out Performances" after many believe it cursed the Kings. The banner was first installed in August 2015 after the pop star's 16th sold-out concert there, however, it turns out the team hasn't been doing so well since then.
After winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014, as well as reaching the conference finals in 2015, they haven't been able to qualify for the first round of playoffs since which has led fans to believe the banner is jinxed. Last season, the Kings even finished second to last and so far this season, they've already lost three out of five games.
“The connection to our fans is our highest priority and through our engagement, they have made it clear that the banner shouldn’t be part of their Kings game experience,” Michael Altieri, senior VP of marketing, communications, and content for the Kings and AEG Sports, told to the Los Angeles Times. “We didn’t see an issue in covering it for our games and in fact see it as an opportunity to show our fans that we hear them.”
Just for the record: there are no plans to remove the singer's banner entirely, just during the team's home games.
Swift has not commented on the alleged curse, but she will be performing in Los Angeles next July for her LoverFest tour. However, instead of the Staples Center, she'll make history when hits the stage at the new SoFi Stadium. (You can find tickets and more information here.)