EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (PIX11) — The formation was in full effect Saturday night as Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour took over MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It’s the superstar’s first solo concert since 2016 and her fans, known as bees from the BeyHive, came out by the thousands. Even a brief rain shower outside MetLife Stadium just after 7 p.m. didn’t stop fans from singing their favorite Beyoncé songs.

“Even in the rain, our souls will not be broken,” one fan sang out gleefully.

“Beyonce shows us we can break the barriers. As a Black woman, you can do whatever you want,” a fan named Bridget told PIX11 News. “I love you. Go Beyoncé. We love you.”

The gates to Beyoncé’s concert officially opened at 5:30 p.m. for some of the 50,000 ticketholders clad in sparkles and spandex. Some wanted to get inside early to buy some merch and cool off from the sweltering parking lot temperatures.

“I’m not worried about the heat,” Shakyra Ellington told PIX11 News. “She gives so much to her fans.”

“I love her with all my heart,” Anthony Rana told PIX11 News. “She is the reason I am a singer. I have a video of me at age three singing uh, uh uh.”

Tickets for the Renaissance World Tour range from $300-$15,000. Julliahann Washington, of Mount Vernon, didn’t want to say how much her tickets cost.

“It was someone’s mortgage,” Washington said with a twinkle in her eye. “It’s Beyoncé. It’s worth it.”

And she proudly showed PIX11 News her Bee Happy slippers in an approved clear plastic bag.

“Beyoncé is such a lady of the Renaissance,” Julliahann Washington said. “She’s the epitome of a fighter woman. She works, she can have a family and she’s phenomenal. And finer than great.”

Washington also happily sent PIX11 News a video from inside the concert as she added more praise for Beyoncé: “I am in awe and love most about the concert and Beyoncé is that she gave over $1 million in grant funds to several small businesses in New York state… Not only did she share her talent with the tri-state but she also poured her resources into our small businesses in an effort to give back!”

Beyoncé is also appearing at MetLife Stadium Sunday night.