Supporter Section: The supporter section is a general admission area where members of various groups sing, dance and loudly chant throughout the game. They are the epicenter of the energy for the crowd. Expect lots of flags, yelling, wild enthusiasm and beer showers. Not for the faint of heart.
Supporter Groups: There are four main fan groups for Atlanta United.
Footie Mob draws inspiration from Atlanta culture, especially hip hop. The name is inspired by Goodie Mob and the group blends music, food and a love for soccer.
Resurgence prides itself in being rowdy, raucous and anti-authority. They smash a glitter-filled pinata in the form of the opponent before home games. They likely have the most members of any supporter group.
The Faction is a family-oriented supporter group known for raising money at their tailgates with raffles, donations and other events for local charities. They've raised over $33,000 this past season, giving almost half of the money raised to the Fugees Academy, a school for refugee children in Clarkston.
Terminus has several chapters in Georgia and beyond. They pride themselves on positive, inclusive and respectful conduct at games.
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Rapper Rich Homie Quan hammers the ceremonial golden spike to open the Atlanta United game against the Chicago Fire on March 18, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Comptonfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Golden Spike: The Golden Spike is an homage to Atlanta's railroad roots. Before home matches, a replica 8-foot-long railroad spike is signed by players and fans. Then four supporters (generally one from each major supporter's group) carry it to the front of the supporter's section where someone (usually a local celebrity like Zac Brown, Waka Flocka, Big Boi, or a local sports star) hammers it in three strokes to the chant of 'A-T-L!' After the match, a real (smaller) golden spike is awarded to a player and he hammers it into a display.
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Atlanta United fans raise an image of head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino to start the game against New York City during the first half in their MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff match on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Atlanta. Curtis Comptonemail@example.com
Tifo: A term for fan choreography involving large-scale patterns in the stands, pictures or banners. Some spectacular tifos seen at Mercedes-Benz Stadium include Atlanta Forever, RIP Bad Sports Town, and one for coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino after he announced he was retiring.
- Krista Miller contributed to this article.