MLS All-Star Game expecting record crowd

Could be second largest All-star crowd in all major professional sports

John and Hugh
July 24, 2018 - 8:30 am

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Executive Vice President, Communications of MLS Dan Courtemanche joined The Morning Show with John and Hugh to talk about the MLS All-Star game and the festivities surrounding the event that kick off here in Atlanta on Saturday, July 28 with the Beltline Block Party.

Each year the MLS All-Star game gets bigger and bigger and the league is expecting record crowds at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"This year, we're looking at the highest stand alone crowd ever for a MLS All-Star game; 71,000 to 72,000 fans," Courtemanche said. "It could end up being the second largest All-Star crowd in the major professional sports leagues in our country."

There will be plenty of events around town leading up to the All-Star game against Juventus on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Fans can expect soccer activities for families, a celebrity All-Star game, a concert with 2 Chainz and training sessions with both the MLS All-Star team and Juventus that the public will be able to check out at MBS.

MLS announced Atlanta would be getting a franchise back in 2014. The success since then is clear. Atlanta United has a strong backing by supporters in the city that surprised Courtemanche. 

"I didn't see it coming from Atlanta United, but it's a credit to Arthur Blank," Courtemanche said. "I can say without hesitation that Atlanta United is one of the most impressive expansion team launches in the history of sports. It's really unprecedented and only getting better."