Listen: Soccer And Atlanta And Atlanta discussed on The California Report Magazine
"Showed up at a watch party to cheer the team playing a semi final game in New York. The fan energy was electric. I actually believe in the same way. It's gonna be awesome. And before the team even left the field that night championship game happening in Atlanta tomorrow sold out again, that's about seventy two thousand people keep in mind. The average attendance of an American pro soccer game is more like twenty two thousand Atlanta. United to numbers are better than some pro football crowds. But how well the games are fun Atlanta United's owner Arthur blank also owns the falcons and opened a brand new stadium for the two teams last year, but United games don't feel like they're in a football stadium all the sign inches digital. There's barely a trace of the falcons on a soccer day, Katie Griggs who runs business operations for United says that was a deliberate business decision. We have the ability to truly shift the physical infrastructure of the stadium to accommodate different sport. In a way that is meaningful and authentic and not simply an afterthought. It showed fans that soccer was a priority. Another business decision. That's building. Goodwill, cheap concessions. Hotdogs are two dollars at the baseball stadium across town. There are six fifty and then there's the mechanics of the team link hired management with global soccer pedigrees who in turn attracted talented young players. But okay, a fun stadium and good players who are winning games. Still where are all these southern fans coming from Matt's Chagall started a petition back in twenty eleven to bring pro soccer to Atlanta. And even he is surprised I was never expecting seventy thousand people selling out every game breaking records upon records and really setting a new standard for the league in having all is of the world. Look at me like holy crap. Atlanta's a soccer down one reason, he says is it Lenny United has a clean soccer slate to take advantage of there's a lot of people that I know that moved to Atlanta recently brought all their original teams in the other sports. Whether it's NFL PA major league baseball, the teen of their families have been fans of for generations. They don't have a soccer team. Plus, there's the general rise in American soccer popularity. Soccer TD viewership is. Up while football's is shrinking soccer games. Don't stop for commercial breaks and the games are simply shorter. These are all reasons for the trend to continue says Matt Doyle columnist for MLS thirty five years ago when I was growing up major league baseball was the undisputed number one sport among all age groups, but today baseball is number three behind basketball and football. And soccer is soon expected to move into third place ahead of baseball. Here's Greg's again with a team. It's a serendipitous collision of time opportunity market where fundamentally our role is to not screw it up. But Atlanta's sports fans have a reputation to disprove that. They only support teams when they're winning the city's basketball baseball and even football teams are well aware of that. No, one knows if the stereotype will hold true here until Atlanta United starts losing for NPR news. I'm Emma hurt in Atlanta.."