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New To Atlanta United Soccer? Here’s Your Fan Guide to Fun

Atlanta United played D.C. United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (and won 3-1) in June 2023. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta United)

Are you craving the electrifying sport experience of wearing your favorite red jersey and chanting A-T-L but aren’t sure where to go or how to get started? Look no further. We’re here to give you the ultimate fan guide to fun with a few dos and don’ts to make your Atlanta United match day the best day possible.

Time to start chanting. (Photo by Melissa McAlpine)

Pre-game Tips

Download the App

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium app is your free, official resource for all your game day needs. Access your digital ticket, explore the stadium map or discover all of the award-winning food and beverage options from the palm of your hand. Also, familiarize yourself with the ATL UTD Matchday Guide on Apple Maps. From supporter tailgates to team arrival, it has everything you need to join the rowdy and proud.

Go Cashless

Leave your cash at home. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a completely cashless stadium. Only credit cards and Apple Pay are acceptable forms of payment. There are reverse ATMs throughout the stadium that will give you a temporary debit card if you prefer.

Gear Up

No Atlanta United game is complete without gear. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta United)

“Kitting up” is all part of the fun, and who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up? Grab yourself an Atlanta United T-shirt, jersey, scarf or hat at one of the many shops around the city or online. Need something last minute? Stop by one of the shops inside the stadium on game day.

Match Day Madness


Finding a parking spot can be frustrating, and ride-sharing services can be pricey. To limit these headaches, MARTA is the best option for match days. The two closest MARTA stations to the stadium are Mercedes-Benz/GWCC/StateFarmArena MARTA or Vine City MARTA.

Tailgate at 5A Beckwith Court

The Atlanta United Supporters Tailgate & Fan Village has a new location starting in 2023. The tailgate begins four hours prior to kick off for each home match. Join the fun at 5A Beckwith Court SW. At 90 minutes prior to kickoff, fans gather in order to march into Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Filled with flares, drums and chants, the rowdy and proud make their presence known on match day. Everyone is welcome to the march, no matter what age. As long as you’re repping ATL UTD, the 17s are your family. Oh, and about that — Atlanta United fans are known as the 17s. Why? Before the team’s inaugural season in 2017, it was decided that the number 17 would be used to refer to Atlanta United fans. Thus, when you become a fan, you join the ranks of the 17s.

Make Friends with Supporter Groups

While tailgating you will come across supporter groups. These clubs are made up of die-hard fans that can help you appreciate the game even more. Clubs are always looking for new members and joining them is a great way to make new friends with people who love soccer just as much as you. These groups are Terminus Legion, Resurgence, the Faction and Footie Mob. Watching these super fans head into the stadium is a sight to see.

Snap Selfies

If you don’t snap a selfie and post it, did you even go? A classic selfie spot is the massive stainless-steel falcon sculpture in front of the main entrance to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It sports a large Atlanta United scarf on match days. On the other side of the stadium by the Home Depot Backyard is a majestic metallic soccer ball sculpture that also makes for some great poses. Inside the stadium, you’ll find even more amazing art that is just waiting for its closeup so be sure to take a lap around the concourse before the game starts.

Pro Tip: Tag @atlutd and use the hashtag #DiscoverATL when you post your game day photo on Instagram.

Game Time

Discover Traditions

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The 17s fill Mercedes-Benz Stadium — every game. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta United)

Once you’re inside and find your seat, be sure to look toward the supporter’s section behind the home goal to find a unique homage to Atlanta — the Golden Spike. This Atlanta United tradition pays tribute to Atlanta’s historic railroad past and happens just before every game. A guest of honor “nails in” the golden spike, which is brought in and signed by supporter clubs. Previous spikers have been famous celebrities and local heroes so you never know what icon may be in the spotlight the day you go.

The spike represents the intersection of club and city. Ninety minutes before every match, the Golden Spike is placed outside Gate 3. The players and coaches of Atlanta United sign the spike as they prepare for battle, and then it opens up to everyone. Leave your mark on match day with the Golden Spike.

Fun Fact: Celebrities like Big Boi, Waka Flocka, B.o.B., Maria Taylor, George Lopez and Tiffany Haddish have nailed in the Golden Spike. Among those who have driven the spike in 2023 are Pinky Cole, Trae Young, Ludacris and the mothers of the team’s homegrown players.

Cheer with the Crowd

It probably goes without saying, but join in the cheers. Participate in a chant or two and listen for the train horn whenever the Five Stripes score, then revel with your fellow Atlanta United fans. Be on the lookout for the TIFO. Supporters frequently go all out and create huge murals, aka TIFOs, to display in their section. The TIFO is proudly displayed as a one-of-a-kind piece because no two TIFOs are alike. TIFOs range from funny to serious in nature and are always works of art.

Grab Beer and Grub 

Enjoy some of chef Kevin Gillespie’s delicious food inside the stadium.

Most people would tell you to eat before you go but in this case, you’ll want to dig into the “reimagined fan experience.” Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s award-winning food and beverage experience is known for offering delicious grub at Fan Friendly prices – $1.50 hot dogs, for example. To avoid big crowds, it’s best to get your food around the 30-minute point when the lines are usually the shortest and before the halftime crowds start eating. Some of our favorite spots to eat are Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger, Farm Burger, Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks and H&F Burger. All these stands have delicious match-day fare with an Atlanta flair.

Fun Fact: Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger even has special items, depending on the day’s opponent. So when Atlanta United is playing Philadelphia Union, you might get to order Gillespie’s take on a Philly cheesesteak.

Post-Game Fun

Take a Chill Pill 

Avoid the mad dash to the MARTA station and the slow trudge out of the stadium by taking your time leaving. Relax in your seat and chat with friends. Find one of the food spots mentioned above or a sit-down bar around the stadium to continue the party. You can also check out some of the amazing art all around the stadium or stop in one of the shops to grab Atlanta United fan gear if you weren’t able to before the game started. This way the fun doesn’t have to stop and you’ll have a much more relaxed trip home.

Keep the Party Going

The fun doesn’t have to stop at the stadium. Take in some of the sights of downtown Atlanta while you are here.

The night doesn’t have to stop here. You’re already in downtown Atlanta so you might as well make it worth it. Go for a spin on the SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel. Take a selfie in front of the Olympic Rings at Centennial Olympic Park. Or explore one of the many bars and restaurants near Mercedes-Benz Stadium that are just a quick walk away.

Become a Pro Fan

Atlanta United games are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. Once you are safe and sound at home, go ahead and purchase tickets for the next match. Invite your friends and show off all of your Atlanta United knowledge now. The blend of global influence on the city’s soccer culture mixed with a Southern flair defines a match day in the ATL. It is truly something you and your friends will want to continue to be a part of so grab your red, black and gold, and chant A-T-L.

Not able to make it to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the game but still want to cheer on your Atlanta United team? Check out the Top Pubs For Watching Soccer In Atlanta to find a restaurant or bar near you.

A recent Atlanta resident, Cassidy is a self proclaimed goofball who loves collecting bumper stickers, hiking with her dogs, and playing rugby. When she’s not out-and-about exploring or making new friends in the city, she’s at a sporting event cheering on one of Atlanta’s many teams.

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