Atlanta United Gets National Spotlight; Fans Seek Attendance Records

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Major League Soccer announced this morning the Atlanta United vs Montreal Impact match, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd at 7:00pm has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 24th at 5:00pm Eastern Time and will be televised nationally. That’s no surprise as Atlanta United has excelled this season while setting attendance records as an expansion team. It will be interesting to see how the crowds grow as this team moves to the new, sparkling and swanky Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Meanwhile, Atlanta United founding members and Mercedes-Benz Stadium personal seat license owners will receive an exclusive pre-sale offer to purchase single match tickets for matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Wednesday, July 19. Atlanta United group tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 20, and single match tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 24.

This has caused many fans to wonder if Atlanta United can put more than 70,000 fans in Mercedes-Benz Stadium for an MLS game when the team christens their palace September 10th. Currently, Atlanta United averages 46,482 fans per game, leading the league in attendance by almost 4,000 more than the Seattle Sounders. 371,858 fans have crossed the turnstiles at Bobby Dodd Stadium and more than 35,000 season tickets have been sold thus far for the expansion team. By contrast, the average attendance for an MLS team is 21, 327.

In 1996, 69,225 fans attended the NY/NJ Metrostars vs LA Galaxy match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. No game with two MLS teams has crossed the 70,000 attendance threshold.

Team President Darren Eales has said on numerous occasions Atlanta United is willing to open the upper deck if ticket demand is present. Judging the reactions on social media, the fans strongly desire to push the envelope and get 75,000 inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium… during the NFL and college football season! If (and when) that happens, that will send a resounding message around the world that MLS, soccer and Atlanta United will be a force for years to come.


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