Atlanta United and the Atlanta Falcons released a joint press statement today stating that Mercedes-Benz Stadium will begin hosting fans in a limited capacity beginning with the Falcons game vs. the Carolina Panthers on October 11.
Atlanta United’s remaining schedule from this date on is yet to be revealed, but is expected as soon as this afternoon. The timing means there will likely be at least three MLS matches in front of fans at the Five Stripes’ home ground. The exact capacity for Atlanta United matches and details about ticket distribution is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
According to the release, the decision was made on August 17 to play without fans through the month of September, affecting two Atlanta Falcons home games and three home matches for Atlanta United. Mercedes-Benz Stadium leadership then focused on the October 11 Falcons game as a target return date for fans.
“We are thrilled to invite fans of both the Falcons and Atlanta United back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” says Steve Cannon, CEO, AMB Sports and Entertainment, in the release. “Having fans watch from alternative locations was a difficult, but important decision. It’s been challenging for both teams to play without fans, but their well-being as well as the safety of our associates and fans was paramount.”