Atlanta United has 90 days held aside for MLS events in its contract with the stadium. The game against Herediano on Feb. 28 couldn’t be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium because it will be hosting two previously scheduled events, Monster Jam on Feb. 23 and 24 and Supercross on March 2.
So, the team began investigating options with the goal of trying to put itself in the best possible position to advance so that it could host a quarterfinal game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium,where it has set numerous attendance records.
It inquired about switching dates with Herediano so that it could host the first leg at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Herediano declined.
The team looked into playing at Georgia Tech, its home for most of its inaugural 2017 season. Among the reasons that the site wouldn’t work was the team wasn’t confident it could make the pitch quality enough for a single game.
The team also looked into playing at Georgia State, but the football lines are sewn into the turf and can’t be scrubbed off, as they can at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
CONCACAF inquired about playing at a site outside of Atlanta. Atlanta United said no.
Tickets for the game at Kennesaw State will go on sale in January. The team is working on its plans with CONCACAF, Herediano and Kennesaw State.