The city’s new soccer team, Atlanta United FC, will kick off its inaugural season at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium while work continues on the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The 2017 season will begin in March.
According to a post at the soccer team’s website, all home matches will be played on the Tech campus until Mercedes-Benz Stadium is ready next summer. Previously, the club had planned to play its first three months entirely on the road.
“Our aim is to build a championship caliber soccer club and to be as competitive as we can from the start,” said Darren Eales, president of Atlanta United. “With the amount of excitement we’ve seen for the club, especially over the past few months as our season ticket sales have continued to rise, it was evident that playing at home for the first part of the season was in the best interest of our fans and our players. We’re very pleased that we are able to open the 2017 MLS season at Bobby Dodd Stadium.”
Last week, Atlanta United named Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino the club’s first head coach. Record-setting interest in the team from fans was a key factor in the decision to play the home games at Bobby Dodd. The club recently announced record ticket sales for an expansion team when it crossed the 22,000 threshold.