Beyonce performs for sold out crowd at Raymond James

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Marlins Park in Miami on Wednesday. Parkwood Entertainment photo via AP

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Thousands of fans swarmed into Tampa Friday night, as Beyonce performed to a sold out crowd at Raymond James Stadium. “We’re in formation. We’re in formation,” Shamika Leland said.

Les Tsui drove in from Orlando. “She is amazing. She is the Queen Bey, and I’ll drive to where ever to just see her,” Tsui said.

Others crossed state lines to get here. “If I had the money, like all the money, I would go to everyone and be in the front, Bey pit,” said Maxie Wooten from Georgia.

“I’m really excited to be here in formation. What I like about Beyonce, she empowers everyone. Not just women, not just men, but everybody,” Jai Peyton said.

Even her youngest fans supported her, taking pictures and buying merchandise.

“She can do anything,” 10-year-old Amari Garcia said.

The concert comes after chatter that Beyonce and her husband Jay Z had been living on Davis Islands.

READ MORE: Queen B has left the island

It’s her second stop on her Formation World Tour. Beyonce kicked things off in Miami Wednesday, receiving praise.

“Whether scorned woman or confident seductress, Beyonce moved seamlessly between the two on the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami, offering no insight into the rumors of marital infidelity fueled by her latest album.

Queen B came out swinging Wednesday in an oversized black western hat and bodysuit, trading her normal stilettos for military-style combat boots. She opened the show with “Formation” and had the crowd in a frenzy as she moved to her latest anthem “Sorry,” noticeable scorn in her tone as she sang, “Tonight, I regret the night I put that ring on.”

Both songs were from “Lemonade,” which she released days earlier in an HBO special with full visuals. Much of the album appeared to tie into Beyonce’s life, and lines like “Are you cheating on me?” raised questions of whether her husband, Jay Z, had been unfaithful,” the Associated Press review read in part.

Read more about Wednesday’s concert here.

Not everyone was bowing at the queen’s thrown. Someone flew a plane with the banner “Blue Lives Matter” near the concert. News Channel 8 captured footage of the sign. It’s likely in response to Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance that was perceived to be reminiscent of the Black Panthers movement.

Police unions in some cities have threatened boycotts of security.

Earlier this year there was chatter some Tampa police officers were boycotting the concert because of so-called anti-police rhetoric in the singer’s song “Formation.” However, the Tampa Police Department assured News Channel 8 the concert would be fully staffed with security.

“The PBA and our chief made it very clear that we were going to staff the concert as we would any other event. If an officer felt like they didn’t want to work the event, it’s a voluntary thing, they didn’t have to work that event,” Hegarty said.

On Friday Hegarty said the heat was the biggest problem. “We’ve been here for several hours, probably biggest challenge we had is it’s been really hot. It’s starting to cool off now. Everybody is filling in, everybody’s got a smile on their face and it’s going pretty smoothly,” he said.

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