The international break has come to an end. It appears all three Atlanta United players have escaped with their fitness still intact. We’re now just four days away from the first-ever match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium against FC Dallas.
Today we’re going to talk about everyone’s favorite topic, ticket sales. With the MBS opener approaching, it’s been a hot button issue among Atlanta fans, especially after the team announced its decision to only open the stadium to full capacity for two matches. That announcement caused a fair amount of consternation. The team has sold out 10 home matches in a row, including Sunday. Why not open the stadium up to full capacity for every match?!?!
One of our users, Greggtch, wrote a fanpost speculating on remaining tickets available for the rest of the home matches on the schedule. Apparently by browsing the ticket sites, he came up with the figures that appear to show some great news. Nearly all home matches appear to have attainable goals left to hit.
However, I’ve been informed by someone whose information I trust that these figures aren’t exactly accurate. Considering the Orlando City match, the first match the team have opened MBS up to full capacity. I’ve been told that the figure shown is “several thousands” off.
While it’s still highly impressive to have 60,000+ in attendance for that match against our supposed rivals, if it’s not near-capacity, the team have been justified in their decision to limit that situation to special occasions.
Going even further than that, the team’s sellout streak of 10 in a row could be in jeopardy for the midweek game against the New England Revolution. I’m told there’s still “a couple of thousand” tickets still left for sale for that one. Again, having 40,000+ in the seats for a midweek match is great, maybe the proficiency of Atlanta United fans buying tickets is starting to show some cracks.
What do you think about this? Still think it was a bad idea to close off the stadium for 6 of the 8 matches? Think it’s still too early to judge and those matches will still sell out? Let us know what you think.