Atlanta United FC will begin the 2021 MLS campaign with Mercedes-Benz Stadium open to 100 percent capacity, according to team/facility owner AMB Sports and Entertainment.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium operated at limited capacity during the end of the 2020 NFL season. The decision to lift all capacity limitations will apply to all events on the schedule, including the entire 2021 MLS season and the 2021 NFL season, as well as other events like college games and bowls.
“We are excited to bring our fans back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” says Steve Cannon, CEO, AMB Sports and Entertainment, in a press statement. “Given the increased opportunity for Georgians to be vaccinated, the abundant health protocols we have in place at the stadium and the interest from our season ticket members, we felt that now is the right time to re-open the stadium in full capacity allowing all our season ticket members a chance to enjoy watching their teams in person. We will continue to follow the necessary precautions to give fans a safe and clean environment.”
That does not mean other COVID-related restrictions will be in place. According to a press release, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will maintain health and safety protocols currently in place, including required face-coverings for fans, hand sanitization stands throughout the building, strict cleaning and sanitization before, during and after events, and increased cleaning staff. AMBSE will continue to work with health organizations and monitor external conditions while following all guidelines and protocols set forth by MLS, the NFL as well as all third-party event organizations.