By Nikki Darling, TSB Staff
License plates along the highway represented fans from Missouri, California, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, and, of course, Texas. I knew from right then we were in for a long night.
These cars and trucks were filled to the brim with young girls and their rising energy as the One Direction concert drew closer Saturday night. Parking was crazy and moving around was nearly impossible, which made complete sense considering that 19,000 screaming girls filled the Gexa Energy Pavilion.
As the stage lights went up and the main performers took the stage, those 19,000 turned their screams into full-on battle cries. They were “Directioners,” and there was no stopping them. Those battle cries were joined with singing, aka “shouting,” the lyrics, along with dancing, fan-girling, and maybe even a little bit of crying as well. This borderline hysteria continued and for 2 hours straight as dedicated fans forgot about the stifling heat, the crowded space and loved the performers they supported all this time.
By the attendance and volume of screaming, these five boys in the group are obviously something big, but why have the teenage girls of McKinney flocked to their side? Is it the tight pants? The ability for them to serenade girls? The British accents? Or maybe a perfect combination of all 3.
“I love One Direction because they don’t try to be someone they’re not,” says local One Direction fan Sarah Wilson. “Even after becoming a huge sensation they are such regular teenage guys and they make me laugh.”
Another McKinney Directioner also talks about her love for the boys. “I like One Direction because not only are they amazing live but they are all so full of personality,” says Patti Hogarth. “Their music is something you can jump around and party to while some others are slower and easy going. It’s music you remember and love to hear.”
McKinney’s girls love One Direction, but the love is returned as well.
“We love coming down here,” says Niall Horan, a member of One Direction, at the concert on Saturday night. “This has been my favorite gig on this tour so far.”
“This is one of the biggest gigs we’ve had,” says Liam Payne, another band member. “And we couldn’t have done any of this without our fans like you all.”
Whether it’s the hair, the music, the smiles, or the accents, One Direction has taken the hearts of our McKinney girls. The concert in Dallas on Saturday night only increased the fandom throughout McKinney and Dallas as fans were able to get even closer to the boys.