As expected, Atlanta United fans set a new record by putting more than 73,000 inside Mercedes-Benz Field for MLS Cup. The previous record was set in 2002 when the New England Revolution happened to play at home against the LA Galaxy and more than 61,000 attended.
That’s also a record for the most-attended standalone game in MLS history, topping Atlanta’s own record they set earlier this year. It also means that Atlanta has the nine most attended standalone MLS games of all time. There are still three double-headers that attracted more fans to MLS stadiums, all at stadiums much bigger than the Benz.
Among those nine games are all three of the games Atlanta hosted during this playoff run when they attracted at least 70,000 to all three games.
Atlanta now has the most attended regular-season game, the most attended non-final playoff game and the most attended MLS Cup as well as the top two season-long averages in MLS history. Apparently, soccer can work here.