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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.
|ALL-TIME REGULAR-SEASON SINGLE-GAME ATTENDANCE (STANDALONE GAMES ONLY)|
|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.