Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay says Atlanta has great potential as an MLS market and that their group is interested in acquiring a franchise.
“We believe that a world-class city like Atlanta needs a Major League Soccer team, and that Major League Soccer will be very successful here,” McKay told the Atlanta Business Chronicle. “At this point, we are open to various options, including our own ownership of a team or someone else owning a team.”
The same report calls Atlanta the “largest television market in the country without an MLS team” and said that there is an ongoing expansion discussions between the league and Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
“We believe Atlanta could be a very successful MLS market,” said MLS VP of communications Dan Courtemanche. “Atlanta soccer fans have come out in very large numbers for international friendlies and Georgia has one of the fastest growing Hispanic markets in the country.”
The new retractable-roof stadium for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons will open in 2017 and the organization is designing it with soccer in mind.