Just over 55,000 people attended Atlanta United’s inaugural MLS match at Bobby Dodd Stadium this past Sunday, but that’s the last time you’ll see that many people packed into the club’s temporary home for one of their matches.
On Wednesday, the AJC’s Doug Roberson reported that because of construction being done on the northern end of the stadium, capacity for Atlanta United home matches at Bobby Dodd will be reduced from 55,000 to 45,000.
Because of construction on the northern end of Bobby Dodd Stadium, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 45,000 for Atlanta United’s subsequent games. Fewer people should also improve the overall experience.
An Atlanta United spokesperson confirmed to Dirty South Soccer that the lowered capacity will be in place for all of the remaining seven matches the club will play at their temporary home before moving into Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 30th.
Ken Sugiura of the AJC reported last week that the second and third home matches would have full capacity, but that schedule has apparently changed.
Georgia Tech assistant athletic director Elizabeth Lancaster said her understanding was that only seats in the lower end of the upper north section will be available for the second and third home games (March 18 and April 30). After that, a maintenance plan that had already been in place at Tech for the upper north will completely close off the deck, which holds about 10,000, for the remaining five games.
While the inaugural match for the club was a spectacle, supporters have reported various problems with the way the matchday process works at Georgia Tech’s stadium. Darren Eales told Roberson that those concerns have been heard and the team are working with Tech to improve fan experience.