Before she became the biggest musician in the world, there was a time and a place when Taylor Swift sold NHL tickets as a side hustle.
In 2009, Swift released two albums – her self-titled debut in 2006 and 2008 without fear, which included big hits like “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me.”
Living in Nashville then, Swift was on her way to becoming a global superstar, earning her first four Grammy Award wins the following year.
But in the meantime, Swift apparently has enough time on her calendar to work on a promotion for the Nashville Predators in a commercial about the team’s flex packs.
No, it’s true.
In the commercial released in 2009 by the team, a little girl and her mother sit at the breakfast table talking about the Predators game the night before, with the daughter exclaiming that she “just saw Taylor Swift!”
The mother seemed to doubt this claim before the camera panned to Swift eating breakfast with her daughter, with the singer saying, “I was there” before giving a “rawr” that voice.
The 30-second commercial spot is quickly cut to a promo for the team’s flex packs.
“Save money off individual game rates with the new Pick 10 Flex Plan,” the narrator reads. “Starting at $200!”
However, it is unlikely that there will be a new collaboration between the two coming soon. It’s not a perfect measure of their global reach, but the Predators have 465,000 followers on Instagram. In contrast, Swift has 273 million – meaning it’s easy for him to refuse any possible commercial pitches from any NHL team.
For Predators fans, however, worrying about ticket sales is a thing of the past – they averaged 17,361 fans per game last season, 101.5% of Bridgestone Arena’s capacity.
It’s a bit of a cheesy piece to move around, but it’s a fun look back in an internet time capsule about an ad from almost 15 years ago.