Atlanta United leads MLS, ranks among world leaders in attendance

Atlanta United will finish the MLS season as the average attendance leader for the fifth consecutive year.

And this season’s average attendance is currently ninth among club teams around the world.

The Five Stripes finished the 2021 regular season with an average announced home attendance of 43,964. In 17 home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the total attendance was 747,386.

The team has two games remaining, both are on the road. The team has a possibility of hosting a playoff game. Seattle is second in MLS in average announced attendance at 24,646.

“If you think back to where we were in January (with COVID) and you just said to me we were going to get three-quarters of a million in attendance during the season before the playoffs I’d have been pretty happy,” club President Darren Eales said on Monday.

Among the world’s teams, Atlanta United’s average is more than Atletico Madrid’s 43,005, and just behind West Ham’s 45,867, according to transfermarket.us. The Spanish power and English club are in the first halves of their seasons.

Atlanta United’s highest announced attendance for a home game this season of 67,507 came against Columbus Crew on July 24. Its lowest of 40,116 came against Montreal on May 15. That was also the lowest in franchise history.

Based upon the season ticket renewals for next season, Atlanta United’s announced attendance in 2022 should again be strong. Eales said that the club has a more than 90 percent renewal rate on season ticket sales for next year, with a waiting list of more than 10,000. The team usually caps season ticket sales at 36,500 so that there are some single-game tickets available for each home game.

Eales said he is excited about next season because of how the team is playing under new manager Gonzalo Pineda, the experience being gained by new signings such as Luiz Araujo, and the interest bump that should happen with the 2022 World Cup that he said he hopes includes the U.S. men’s national team.

Should the team make the playoffs, Eales said season-ticket holders have already been contacted about purchasing tickets. Should the team host a game, information on purchasing single-game tickets will go out soon after the game is secured.

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Atlanta United’s 2021 MLS schedule

April 17 Atlanta United 0, Orlando 0

April 24 Atlanta United 3, Chicago 1

May 1 New England 2, Atlanta United 1

May 9 Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 1

May 15 Atlanta United 1, Montreal 0

May 23 Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1

May 29 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2

June 20 Atlanta United 2, Philadelphia 2

June 23 NYCFC 1, Atlanta United 0

June 27 Atlanta United 0, New York Red Bulls 0

July 3 Chicago 3, Atlanta United 0

July 8 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2

July 17 New England 1, Atlanta United 0

July 21 Atlanta United 1, Cincinnati 1

July 24 Columbus 1, Atlanta United 0

July 30 Orlando 3, Atlanta United 2

Aug. 4 Atlanta United 2, Montreal 2

Aug. 7 Atlanta United 3, Columbus 2

Aug. 15 Atlanta United 1, LAFC 0

Aug. 18 Atlanta United 1, Toronto 0

Aug. 21 Atlanta United 2, D.C. United 1

Aug. 28 Nashville 2, Atlanta United 0

Sept. 10 Atlanta United 3, Orlando 0

Sept. 15 Atlanta United 4, Cincinnati 0

Sept. 18 Atlanta United 3, D.C. United 2

Sept. 25 Philadelphia 1, Atlanta United 0

Sept. 29 Atlanta United 1, Inter Miami 0

Oct. 2 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1

Oct. 16 Atlanta United 2, Toronto 0

Oct. 20 Atlanta United 1, NYCFC 1

Oct. 27 Atlanta United 2, Miami 1

Oct. 30 Atlanta United 1, Toronto1

Nov. 3 at New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE

Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE