In its first season, Atlanta United FC broke records for attendance at U.S. soccer matches. In its second season, fans are still packing the stands.
Atlanta has a rich history of sports that has been historically dominated by college and professional football. But now that Atlanta has a professional soccer team, the sports culture in the city is shifting, said John Nelson, a senior correspondent and host for sports at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Nelson also co-hosts the podcast “Soccer Down Here.”
“When it comes to Atlanta United, what you’re looking at is the expectation of success and all of the trappings that come with it,” he said.
In the past few years, Atlanta sports teams have struggled. The Hawks had a terrible NBA season, the Falcons had a devastating Super Bowl meltdown last year, and the Braves have not been doing well in baseball either.
Soccer fans don’t think Atlanta United has that kind of baggage.