Atlanta United announces sell out for MLS opener, expect 50,000 fans

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One MLS new boy will makes its debut on Friday night but it’s the league’s other expansion side that made another big wave earlier in the day.

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Atlanta United officially announced a sell-out to Sunday’s home opener against the New York Red Bulls, with a crowd of roughly 55,000 supporters expected to pack in at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The new Eastern Conference club hasn’t even played a minute of official league action yet, but it’s safe to say that Atlanta dominated the offseason with high-profile signings and general buzz about the team.

Last week, the club announced that it had already received confirmation of 30,000-plus season tickets for the 2017 season, which would immediately put the team into the top four in MLS based on previous years’ turnouts.