From Little 5 Points to Dunwoody, at every bar and restaurant with big-screen TVs, it was standing room only. There was a two-hour wait at the Perimeter Taco Mac just to get in the door. At northeast Atlanta’s Brewhouse Pub, the crowds spilled on to the sidewalk.
In the sea of red, white and blue, Davis found one fan for Germany’s soccer team. Don Jennings said that he fell in love with the sport living overseas.
“No timeouts and I mean you’re constantly moving up and down the field. It’s so fast,” Jennings said.
James Bradely, the co-president the American Outlaws, a booster group for the U.S. soccer team, is betting on Atlanta’s Major League Soccer team’s success.
“What he’s [Arthur Blank] been able to do for the Falcons and turn them around, I’m 100 percent confident he will be able to make soccer work in this town. He’s not going to have to try very hard. There’s already a lot of fans here,” Bradley said.
But will Atlanta pro soccer succeed where other non-traditional southern sports like ice hockey have failed?
The World cup comes just once every four years. Fans crowding and screaming for Thursday match told Davis they’re hooked.