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City of Atlanta to Host 2018 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Post Date:10/24/2017 11:47 AM

 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2017

 News Release

 City of Atlanta to Host 2018 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the City of Atlanta will host the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, the home of Atlanta United FC.

“We are honored that our city with its vibrant and diverse population and deep love for soccer has been chosen to host the 2018 MLS All-Star Game,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Atlanta is the only city in the nation to host the College Football National Championship, the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four back-to-back-to-back. Now we have the honor of hosting the MLS All-Star Game, and showcasing our city and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium to fans and players from across the world.”

Regarded as one of the premier sports venues in the world, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a state-of-the-art, retractable-roof facility featuring innovations in architecture, sustainability and technology, along with flexible seating capacity and soccer-specific features. This honor recognizes the extraordinary success the Atlanta United has had in the club’s inaugural year and the passion shown by soccer fans in the Atlanta metropolitan area and throughout the Southeast.

“We’re proud to bring our 2018 All-Star Game to Atlanta, a city and club that have taken Major League Soccer by storm,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. “Atlanta United’s success is one of the most compelling and impressive expansion team launches in the history of pro sports, and a testament to Arthur Blank’s vision and leadership, and the tremendous team that he has built both on and off the field. Atlanta and its supporters have earned the opportunity to host MLS All-Star week and showcase their passion for the beautiful game.”

With more than 36,000 season tickets sold in their inaugural campaign, Atlanta United have already broken MLS attendance records, averaging an unprecedented 48,200 fans during the regular season, as well as twice setting the MLS single-game attendance record, most recently reaching 71,874 on Sunday against Toronto FC.

“We are honored to host the 2018 MLS All-Star Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” said Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank. “Along with events such as the Super Bowl, College Football Playoff National Championship and NCAA Final Four, being selected to host the MLS All-Star Game in Atlanta again delivers on our promise to bring the biggest events in sports to Atlanta. The Atlanta United supporters and fans of the game from across Atlanta are incredibly dynamic and passionate; they will certainly play a huge role in making this a memorable MLS All-Star Game for the league and a special showcase for our great city and stadium.”

The MLS All-Stars will be led by Atlanta United head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino. The date and opponent for next summer's game – which will be broadcast live on ESPN and UniMás in the United States, TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, and in more than 170 countries across the globe – will be announced at a later date.

In addition to the match, Atlanta will host nearly a week of events surrounding the game, including concerts, community service initiatives, player appearances, as well as an additional showcase match featuring the best young players from around the league.

While honoring the best players in MLS, Atlanta will welcome an iconic global club such as past opponents Real Madrid (2017), Arsenal (2016), Bayern Munich (2015), Manchester United (2010, 2011), and Chelsea FC (2006, 2012). The 2018 All-Star Game presented by Target will mark the 15th time that an elite international club has played the MLS All-Stars, with MLS posting a record of 8-4-2.

About Major League Soccer

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 22 clubs throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

 

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