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It’s official! MLS is coming to Atlanta. It’s been a long and, at times, rocky road. It was just a few years ago that it seemed like everything was coming together just to see talks cool off and Mr. Blank step away from the table. Now five years later, and probably $30 million more expensive, Major League Soccer is on it’s way to Atlanta.
For so long MLS seemed like the goal, the destination. It’s finally starting to settle in that this journey hasn’t come to the end of the line, or should we say Terminus, but it’s just beginning.
The announcement was the perfect launch to not only celebrate this time with the fans but also send a message to the rest of the league. Leading up to the announcement several individuals (most having never been to Atlanta) expressed their skepticism over Atlanta being a good fit. They brought out their tired cliches and used sound logic like “If hockey can’t make it why do you think soccer can!”. This was an opportunity to give the skeptics some insight into how this club will be run, it’s aspirations, and most importantly it’s owner.
While we can counter the skeptics with our own facts at the end of the day the ultimate measure of success will be whether the fans come out to support the club. If the attendance is only 14,000 in a 29,000 seat down-sized stadium then the atmosphere will suffer.
So if you want the club to be successful start spreading the word and you can even put your deposit in to join the founders club for the new MLS Atlanta team. Joining the founders club will give you priority seating and other benefits to be announced at a later date. For more information visit their site at http://mlsatlanta2017.com/founders-club/ .
What did you think about the announcements? How do you feel about the focus on the fans and their involvement going forward?