The regular season MLS game between Atlanta United and Orlando City is the most visited game in the history of the MLS and professional soccer in Northen America. The game that ended as a tie, 3-3, was played in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and was visited by a record audience of 70,234 fans.
The previous record was held by the LAGalaxy and New York MetroStars in 1996 (69.255).
MLS commissioner Don Garber said: “Awe-inspiring. It’s absolutely spectacular. It’s such a massive structure. It just is absolutely incredible. It’s a very exciting day for me and the league. There’s all sorts of records being broken, and it’s a great testament to Arthur’s vision and his execution. He’s got a terrific organization in Darren (Eales) and (AMB Group CEO) Steve Cannon. It’s a great moment.”
With Atlanta’s success, Garber feels that the league’s potential is limitless: “We never expected this to happen. Arthur did. Darren and the staff did. But we’re continuing to have experiences like this that are defying everybody’s expectations, and it defied mine. So when I come in here and I’m on the field, looking at the supporters’ section and the spike ceremony and the supporters, I want to remind myself to suck it in, take a deep breath, and remember that this is the beginning of even greater things to happen in our league.”