Major League Soccer club Atlanta United will play its regular-season finale with the roof open at its new Mercedes-Benz Stadium home ground, weather permitting.
Stadium officials announced plans to open the roof, which is still having work done to it, during the highly-anticipated MLS game against top of the league Toronto on October 22.
As previously revealed, in addition to the roof being opened, Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s capacity will be expanded for the game from its usual 42,500 capacity (for MLS games) to 71,000.
Atlanta United smashed the MLS single-game attendance record last month at its newly opened home stadium. The game against Orlando City drew in 70,425 supporters, which is almost the full 71,000 capacity of the stadium.
Prior to this record-breaking game, Atlanta United was already averaging around 46,000 fans per game, putting it well on its way to overtaking Seattle Sounders’ 2015 average attendance record of 44,247.
Los Angeles Galaxy set the previous MLS record when it saw 69,225 people watch its game at the Rose Bowl in 1996. While outside of MLS, North American Soccer League club the New York Cosmos set the benchmark of 77,691 in 1977.
The 71,000-capacity venue, which is also home to NFL American football team the Atlanta Falcons, opened its doors on August 26 for a Falcons pre-season home game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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