Atlanta United FC is poised to break MLS’s single-game attendance record on Saturday, when it hosts a home match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta’s ability to draw fans in high numbers has been one of the more intriguing aspects of the 2017 MLS season. After a successful run at Bobby Dodd Stadium–its temporary home over the season’s first few months–United debuted at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, drawing 45,314 fans to a win over FC Dallas.
Now the club is poised to break MLS’s single-game attendance record, which was set back in the league’s inaugural season in 1996. Over 69,000 tickets for Saturday’s match against Orlando City SC have already been sold, and that sales mark is likely to climb. More from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta United will break the MLS single-game attendance record with more than 69,255 tickets purchased for Saturday’s game against Orlando City at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The team announced the accomplishment on twitter Thursday night. Tickets sales are ongoing.
The previous record was set on April 13, 1996 in a game between the L.A. Galaxy and N.Y./N.J. MetroStars at the Rose Bowl.
This has already been a memorable week for United. The club made its Mercedes-Benz Stadium debut on Sunday, and then proceeded to draw a reported crowd of 42,511 to their home match against New England on Wednesday.
Image courtesy Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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