Atlanta United FC has achieved another milestone on the attendance front, as it set a new single-game MLS attendance record on Sunday.
United drew a total of 72,243 fans to its match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which saw the club host Seattle Sounders FC. Atlanta has been an attendance success story since joining MLS last year, setting several new single-game MLS attendance records.
The total on Sunday broke the previous single-game regular-season high of 72,035, which Atlanta set during a match against D.C. United in March, and makes it the fifth-largest crowd in MLS history. More from MLSSoccer.com:
The official crowd of 72,243 at the colossal venue breaks ATLUTD’s own record, eclipsing the 72,035 who flocked to this season’s home opener against D.C. United, and in doing so takes over the No. 5 spot on MLS’ all-time list of largest-ever attendances.
That overall list comes with a big asterisk, however: The four games ahead of ATL’s Sunday turnout were all part of doubleheaders with international matches, meaning that Atlanta now own the top three largest-ever single-game regular-season attendance totals.
As noted, United has racked up high attendance numbers since joining MLS as an expansion club in 2017. That has continued into this season, as the club is now averaging 52,409 fans per-game through 11 matches–good for first in MLS. The club’s total attendance, 576,501, also outpaces the rest of the league.
Image courtesy Mercedes-Benz Stadium.