On October 23, 2017, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, together with Atlanta United Owner Arthur Bank and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed all join in one photo after a press conference. At the press conference, an announcement was proclaimed to assign the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the host of the 2018 MLS All-Star Game.
The Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank says he doesn’t worry about the audience for the All-Star Game, “I don’t think we have to worry about selling out the stadium for the All-Star game.”
Arthur Blank further thanks Atlanta, as well as the fans for supporting them as well as patronizing the sport.
Many details regarding the upcoming game are not yet discussed. One thing is for sure right now, that it’s going to be a week of free concerts and soccer-related events. The game is a two-week event, which will start from the last week of July until the first week of August.
The league commissioner Don Garber also says they will announce the opponent soon after deciding who will be that be.
The Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino will take charge in managing the MLS All-Stars. According to him, he wants the Newell’s Old Boys to be the opponent for the game.
Tickets will be released right after deciding who will be the opponent.
The much-awaited game will take place on the artificial turf of Mercedes-Benz.
The host of the festivals will be the International Plaza.
The site of the Homegrown Game is still an ongoing discussion as well. The site showcases the best academy products coming from the league’s teams against the products of another club.
The 2018 MLS All-Star Game will be another significant sports event that will be held at Mercedes-Benz. Other upcoming events that will take place in the stadium include the college football national championship game in 2018, Super Bowl in 2019, and the college basketball Final Four in 2020.
This supports the statement of Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso, “Atlanta is built to host major sports events.”
The reason behind choosing Atlanta as the host is because of Atlanta United’s record of selling 71,874 MLS tickets for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto. For the upcoming 2018 MLS event, Atlanta United President Darren Eales expresses their eagerness to beat another attendance record.
The Monday event began with showing a video montage which showcased a number of captured moments of Atlanta United’s eight-game history in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It also captured precious moments captured from previous MLS All-Star games.
Every speaker of the event expressed that they are fascinated with what they see with Atlanta United fans. They saw the increasing passion of Atlanta for soccer.
Garber thanks everyone in Major League Soccer after this statement, “Launch of this team is the most impressive expansion team launch in the history of professional sports. It’s a testament to Blank’s vision and leadership, as well as that of Eales, Martino and (Carlos) Bocanegra.”
Garber reveals that there are four cities considered to host the MLS All-Star Game and Atlanta was one of these.
In preparation for the event, 30 Atlanta United employees went to Chicago to have their observation regarding the different facets of this year’s All-Star week.
Eales concludes, “I think Atlanta is one of the top cities in the world in terms of sporting cities and the capabilities. We saw the All-Star game as a real chance to not just only focus on the game itself but on the events itself and make it a real week of celebration.”
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