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Atlanta set all-time MLS single-game attendance record with 70,425 fans

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Atlanta United have made plenty of history already in 2017.

On Saturday, they added one more entry into the record books.

After Atlanta announced late on Thursday that they've sold more than 69,256 tickets for Saturday's match against Orlando City SC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, officially breaking the all-time MLS record for tickets sold to a standalone match, they confirmed an attendance of 70,425 at halftime of the game. The record was previously held by the LA Galaxy, who drew 69,255 fans to the Rose Bowl in their first-ever game in 1996.

The all-time attendance MLS single-game attendance record is 92,650 for Chivas USA-New England Revolution match at the LA Coliseum. That contest was part of a doubleheader with a friendly between FC Barcelona and Club América.

70,425 9/16/2016 Atlanta vs. Orlando Mercedes-Benz Stadium
69,255 4/13/1996 Los Angeles vs. MetroStars Rose Bowl
67,385 8/25/2013 Seattle vs. Portland CenturyLink Field
66,452 10/7/2012 Seattle vs. Portland CenturyLink Field
66,237 8/18/2007 Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Giants Stadium
66,216 10/27/2013 Seattle vs. Los Angeles CenturyLink Field

The all-time single-season attendance mark is also in reach for Atlanta. The Five Stripes are averaging 45,811 fans per match through 11 of 17 home games. With the club set to fully open Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday and in the season finale against Toronto in October, the all-time MLS record of 44,247 fans per home match set by Seattle in 2015 is in reach.

The all-time single-season average attendance mark for a pro soccer team in the US and Canada of 47,856 set by the NASL’s New York Cosmos in 1978 is also potentially in play for Atlanta.