Listen: Soccer, United And Falcons discussed on All Things Considered
"Last week. Thousands showed up at a watch party to cheer the team playing semifinal games in New York. The fan energy was electric. I actually believe in the same all the way, it's gonna be awesome. And before the team even left the field that night the 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 at Laney. United's 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 a different sport. In a way that is meaningful and not simply an afterthought. It showed fans that soccer was a priority. Another business decision. That's building. Goodwill, cheap concessions. Hot dogs are two dollars at the baseball stadium across town their six fifty and then there's some of the team blink 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 Seagal started a petition back in twenty eleven to bring pro soccer to Atlanta. And even he is surprised."