MLS Commissioner Don Garber, along with Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank and Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, announced Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the host venue for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game in a press conference earlier today.
"We're proud to bring our 2018 All-Star Game to Atlanta, a city and club that have taken Major League Soccer by storm," said Don Garber. "Atlanta United's success is one of the most compelling and impressive expansion team launches in the history of professional sports, and a testament to Arthur Blank's vision and leadership, and the tremendous team that he has built both on and off the field. Atlanta and its supporters have earned the opportunity to host MLS All-Star week and showcase their passion for the beautiful game."
Atlanta will also host a plethora of events throughout matchweek, including concerts, community service initiatives, player appearances, and the annual MLS Homegrown match which included Atlanta's own Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin this past year.
"We are honored to host the 2018 MLS All-Star Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium," said Arthur Blank. "The Atlanta United supporters and fans of the game from across Atlanta are incredibly dynamic and passionate; they will certainly play a huge role in making this a memorable All-Star Game for the league and a special showcase for our great city and stadium."
The MLS All-Stars will be led by Tata Martino and Atlanta's technical staff. The 2017 MLS All-Star Game took place at Chicago's Soldier Field and saw special guests Real Madrid defeat the league's collection of players in a penalty shootout.
This is a huge get for the city and a prime example on how impactful Atlanta United have been on not only the region, but the MLS front office and casual fans around the nation. Congratulations to Atlanta United, the city, and all its supporters. See you next summer.