March 11, 2018 Atlanta: Who says Atlanta is a bad sports town as Atlanta United fans fill the stadium and cheer their team in the home opener against D.C. United in a MLS soccer game on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Atlanta United home open to full capacity at least 6 times in 2019

Atlanta United’s home of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be open to full capacity for at least six games in the 2019 season, the team announced Thursday.

The league schedule won’t be released to the public until January. Any additional full-capacity games will be determined by the schedule, among other factors.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium was open to full capacity twice for two regular-season games and again for a playoff game last season. It was originally scheduled to be open four times to full capacity this season. The team later added a fifth game. It hasn’t said if the stadium will open to full capacity for its first playoff game Nov. 11.

Atlanta United led the league in attendance last season (48,200) and leads it again this season with an average of more than 50,000.  It also set a single-game playoff record (67,221) against Columbus on Oct. 26, 2017.

The team’s top six regular-season games:

» 72,243 vs. Seattle on July 15, 2018

» 72,035 vs. D.C. United on March 11, 2018

» 72,017 vs. Real Salt Lake on Sept. 22, 2018

» 71,932 vs. Orlando City on June 30, 2018

» 71,874 vs. Toronto on Oct. 22, 2017

» 70,425 vs. Orlando City on Sept. 16, 2017

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