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Atlanta United fans pack 20,000 into new stadium for training session

Hector Villalba, Carlos Carmona, Anton Walkes

Atlanta United’s Hector Villalba (15) is surrounded by teammates including Carlos Carmona (14) and Anton Walkes (26) after he scored against Orlando City during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Friday, July 21, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Atlanta United won 1-0. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


Atlanta United is currently in the midst of a three-match road trip in MLS play, but that didn’t stop the club from unveiling its new home venue to a massive crowd of supporters on Saturday.

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Over 20,000 fans of the Eastern Conference expansion side filed into Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch Gerardo Martino’s side train on Saturday as Atlanta prepares to finish out its road trip against D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union.

Atlanta will open up home play at their new stadium on September 10 when they host FC Dallas. The club will have the benefit of playing eight of its final 10 regular season matches in front of its Georgia fan base.

The first-year MLS side will share the stadium with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

Here are some sights from the training session