This past weekend, Atlanta United FC ended its tenure at Bobby Dodd Stadium with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Orlando City SC. From here on out, the Five Stripes will play home matches at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium.
I only got to see two matches at Bobby Dodd in person, but I have seen many Georgia Tech football games there (sorry, UGA fans). The atmosphere for soccer was something else. Soccer and Atlanta United have left their mark on Bobby Dodd, and ATLiens will remember these past few months of the world’s beautiful game on the Flats with the fondest of memories.
Whether it’s that first-ever ATLUTD goal scored by Yamil Asad in March or all the countless goals thereafter, Bobby Dodd was a joyous sight for all the South’s soccer fans. I doubt that the Five Stripes will play at Georgia Tech ever again, but it was sure fun while it lasted.
With that being said, I’m looking forward to Atlanta United’s future at Mercedes Benz Stadium. It looks like the stands there will be steeper. Combine that with the roof, and the new home of Atlanta soccer ought to have an atmosphere of equal intimacy to BDS. The only downside to MBS is that the roof likely won’t be open for the rest of this 2017 season, but I’m looking forward to many matches of natural-lit soccer in seasons to come.