Crowd Count: Atlanta opener fifth largest in world

Atlanta United's first MLS game drew 55,297 fans at sold-out Bobby Dodd Stadium. The crowd ranked fourth in the world over the weekend behind only games hosted by Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Manchester United. It was one of only eight crowds that drew 50,000 or more fans.

Bobby Dodd Stadium (Photo courtesy of Atlanta United)

Largest Soccer Crowds (March 3-5):
90,000+ (1) *Kaizer Chiefs-Orlando Pirates (South Africa)
 (2) Bor. Dortmund-Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
77,117 (3) Barcelona-Celta Vigo (Spain)
75,245 (4) Man. United-Bournemouth (England)
55,297 (5) Atlanta United-NY Red Bulls (MLS)
54,014 (6) Bor. M'Gladbach-Schalke 04 (Germany)
53,656 (7) Al-Ittihad-Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)
53,146 (8) Liverpool-Arsenal (England)
51,500 (9) Ein. Frankfurt-Freiburg (Germany)
50,000 (10) FC Cologne-Bayern Munich (Germany)
*No attendance figures were released for Saturday's Soweto derby but reports were that there was near-capacity crowd at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium that seats 94,000.
Note: Monday's West Ham United-Chelsea game drew 56,984 fans at London Stadium.

Largest in ...
Chinese Super League: 47,998 (Guangzhou Evergrande-Beijing Guoan)
Mexican Liga MX:
47,285 (Monterrey-Queretaro)
French Ligue 1: 47,032 (Paris SG-Nancy)
Japanese J-League: 43,826 (Urawa Red Diamonds-Cerezo Osaka)
Brazilian State Leagues: 36,111 (Corinthians-Santos)
Dutch Eredivisie: 34,000 (PSV-Roda JC)
Italian Serie A: 27,357 (AC Milan-Chievo)
Sources: ESPN FC, Gracenote, J-League, Liga MX, MLS, Terra.

MLS Opening Crowds (March 3-5):
ATT. MATCH (2016 ATT.)
Atlanta United-NY Red Bulls (first year)
25,527 Orlando City-New York City FC (60,147)
23,554 LA Galaxy-FC Dallas (25,667)
21,144 Portland-Minn. United (21,144)
20,758 Houston-Seattle (21,594)
19,516 Real Salt Lake-Toronto FC (19,282)
19,083 Vancouver-Philadelphia (22,120)
18,268 D.C. United-Sporting KC (15,334)
18,000 San Jose-Montreal (18,000)
16,126 Colorado-New England (17,474)
15,023 Columbus-Chicago (17,015)
Average: 22,936.

15 comments about "Crowd Count: Atlanta opener fifth largest in world".
  1. don Lamb, March 6, 2017 at 10:24 a.m.

    Much more interested in the tv viewership. Hope SA reports on that once they are in.

  2. Nick Daverese, March 6, 2017 at 12:45 p.m.

    If I remember right the metrostars first home game at Giant stadium was close to capacity 60 or 70 thousand. The score was 0-0 when the metrostars Italian defender had an own goal on his own keeper tony Meola.

    I think a lot of free tickets were given out to youth soccer organizations.

    I would imagine the same thing happened in Atlanta.

  3. don Lamb replied, March 6, 2017 at 2:59 p.m.

    Doubtful for ATL to be giving away tickets. They have sold over 30000 season tickets.

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, March 6, 2017 at 4:10 p.m.

    Yes, very unlikely that tons of free tickets were given away. Soccer in this country has come a long long way from 1996. although you wouldn't know it from reading some of the comments on this site.

  5. Mike in SoCal, March 6, 2017 at 5:29 p.m.

    April 13, 1996 was the home debut for the LA Galaxy vs the Metrostars at the Rose Bowl. Attendance for that game was 69,225.

  6. Nick Daverese, March 6, 2017 at 7:49 p.m.

    There permotting the game now in Atlanta. I am sure a lot of free tickets were given out.

    What are some of the big soccer clubs in Atlanta.

    Any club players from Atlanta on the team yet. That might happen as well. They also have some of Atlanta soccer people in their front office.

  7. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, March 7, 2017 at 10:12 a.m.

    What makes you think they couldn't sell those tickets? They have already sold 30k season tickets - they couldn't get 55k for the first game? If you have evidence, let's see it.

  8. Craig Cummings, March 6, 2017 at 10:25 p.m.

    Yes mike,I was at the Rose Bowl that night. It was huge night,but not as big as the summer international games are. Where is Clint Mathias from? I did pay for my tickets.

  9. Nick Daverese, March 7, 2017 at 3:20 a.m.

    If Clint Mathis lives there or works for the team that will be a good move for them.

    I like him as a player he could do it all before he got those injuries. He could dribble, he was fast, very skillful, and he could pass. He might have been the best player we ever produced. I did see him at a practice I can't remember which team. He was watching a team making crosses if a ball was close to him. He could still volley them into the net.

  10. Maher Alghamdi, March 7, 2017 at 11:35 a.m.

    Be fair the match was in Al ittihad stadium in jeddah city so it must change your information .

    كونوا عادلين ومنصفين المباراة كانت في ملعب الاتحاد في مدينة جدة لذلك يجب تغيير المعلومه

  11. Fatimah Saeed, March 7, 2017 at 11:49 a.m.

    Hello everyone,
    FYI about the Al Hilal - Al Ittihad ( Saudi Arabia)
    The match has been held in KASC ,Jeddah (Al Ittihad's Stadium) so Alittihad-Alhilal is the right description ( 70% for Alittihad & 30% Alhilal).

    Thank you!

  12. Nick Daverese, March 8, 2017 at 5:37 a.m.

    Haha makes you want to institute a bad on posts coming from muslems.

  13. StrikerBob Norman replied, March 10, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.

    Sorry Nick. It only makes ignorant a--h---s like you feel that way.

  14. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, March 10, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

    Yeah, not sure why SA deletes spirited by well-meaning posts but allows racist garbage like Nick's post to remain on the site.

  15. Nick Daverese, March 19, 2017 at 5:12 p.m.

    Fire look at the two posts right above mine. I told you. you think like a child.

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