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Atlanta United Break Attendance Record Once Again

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley hits a golden spike before an MLS soccer match on June 24 in Atlanta. The Atlanta United broke the Major League Soccer attendance record during a match Sunday versus the Seattle Sounders.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley hits a golden spike before an MLS soccer match on June 24 in Atlanta. The Atlanta United broke the Major League Soccer attendance record during a match Sunday versus the Seattle Sounders.
Credit Brett Davis / Associated Press

The Atlanta United broke the Major League Soccer attendance record once again.

More than 72,000 people showed up to Sunday’s game versus the Seattle Sounders.

That helped the Five Stripes moved into first place on the MLS all-time single game attendance list. They took the number one spot from themselves. A record the team set just four months ago.

The United now hold the top five spots for most fans in attendance at an MLS game. Their match on June 30 was their most recent to crack the top five before 72,243 people showed up on Sunday.

I.J Rosenberg, with Score Atlanta, said the team and Mercedes-Benz stadium going into their second year of existence has been a big benefit.

“It’s the combination of the newness of the stadium and the team winning,” he said. “You put all that together in this town where sports has struggled for many years, you’re going to get a lot of support.”

Rosenberg said tickets to United games tend to be cheaper than other events held at Mercedes-Benz stadium like Falcons games and or college football games.

The United also hold the record for most fans at a Major League Soccer playoff game. That came in the team’s first season against the Columbus Crew SC.

The next chance fans will get to break their own record comes Saturday, Sept. 22 when the United take on Real Salt Lake. It’s the last of four games this season when 300-level tickets were available.