Atlanta United will continue to reap the benefits of playing at home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as they get set for the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. Atlanta broke its own MLS record with 71,824 for Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Toronto FC. That raised the club’s season average to 48,200 per game , topping Seattle Sounders FC’s 2015 mark of 44,247. It also broke the North American soccer record that was held by the New York Cosmos, who averaged nearly 48,000 fans during their NASL Soccer Bowl season in 1978.
Led by Atlanta’s fan base, the MLS average attendance figure also is the highest in league history, with 22,106 fans coming in through the turnstiles on average. MLS eclipsed 8 million total fans for the first time, and 36 games included 40,000-plus fans – up from 11 occasions in 2016. Seattle averaged 43,666 and Toronto FC ranked third at 27,644 per game.