ATLANTA – Atlanta will host the MLS All-Star game in 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.
A news conference has been scheduled for Monday at the stadium. You can watch the news conference LIVE on wsbtv.com and the official WSB-TV Facebook page.
Atlanta was one of several cities being considered by the league to host the event, which in the past few years has matched MLS players against some of the world’s best club teams.
The All-Stars, featuring Atlanta United players Miguel Almiron, Michael Parkurst and Greg Garza, hosted Real Madrid in Chicago in August with more than 61,000 tickets sold.
In previous years, the All-Stars have hosted Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United, Roma, Chivas, Celtic, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Everton, Fulham and West Ham.
Atlanta United on average sells 46,271 tickets per game, and is on pace to break the league’s average attendance record of 44,247 set by Seattle in 2015.
Atlanta United also holds the record for highest single-game attendance (70,425 tickets sold) in MLS, set against Orlando City and is expected to break that record when it hosts Toronto on Sunday in the regular-season finale. Atlanta United has secured a spot in the playoffs.
Atlanta is also among the 32 cities in the United States, Canada or Mexico being considered by the United Bid Committee as a host site for the 2026 World Cup.
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