Major League Soccer Stadiums: 5 grounds that show MLS is destined to be America’s favourite sports league

Orlando City StadiumOrlando City Stadium 01.07.2019: Major League Soccer kicked of its 24th season of play in 2019. It has been a long hard road for the professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and its success was never a given. Along with adding higher profile players and coaches, MLS has increased interest due to the stadiums being constructed by clubs. Now, most of MLS’s 24 teams play in their own stadiums rather than sharing oversized NFL venues.

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5. Children’s Mercy Park – Sporting KC


When Children’s Mercy Park (named due to sponsorship) was opened in 2011, it took Sporting KC into a new era. The club had been linked with relocation for years despite being one of MLS’s original teams in 1996.
 
Livestrong Sporting Park - Sporting KC v New England Revolution
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The venue is gorgeous and match days can be electric as CMP provides a much different atmosphere to Sporting KC’s old homes which were an NFL stadium and minor league baseball park. Sporting KC fans will hope the team can win the MLS Cup once again. You can use the latest promo code from Coral to wager on games of Sporting KC or other teams all season long.
 


4. Banc of California Stadium – Los Angeles FC


In 2018, Los Angeles FC opened their new home the Banc of California Stadium. The stadium was the first open-air sports venue built in Los Angeles in over half a century. Built at a cost of $350 million, Banc of California Stadium holds 22,000 soccer fans.
 
LAFC East Side Stadium interior
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3. Audi Field – DC United


DC United waited decades to move out of the crumbling RFK Stadium and into a ground of their own. When they finally moved into Audi Field in 2018, it was a landmark day. The stadium resembles Valencia’s Mestalla on the inside with its steep stands and short roof. The ends are open allowing fans to take in the summer sun in Washington DC. With a capacity of 20,000 fans, it cost an estimated $500m to construct Audi Field.
 
Audi Field (45116253932)
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2. Orlando City Stadium – Orlando City


The coolest aspect of Orlando City Stadium is the safe standing supporters’ section. The section was inspired by Borussia Dortmund’s famed standing area at Signal Iduna Park. The supporters’ section can accommodate 3,800 Orlando fans standing in the area. Built at a price of $155m, Orlando City Stadium has a capacity of 25,500.
 
Citrus Bowl Orlando City
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1. Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta United


Atlanta United’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the crown jewel of MLS. The club shares the venue with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons thanks to both teams being owned by Arthur Blank. The stadium has a crazy geometric shape that can “open up” when the roof is opened on days when the weather is comfortable. The stadium’s capacity for soccer is 42,500. However, Atlanta United set an MLS record in the MLS Cup 2018 Final when 73,019 fans jam-packed the stadium to watch the Five Stripes beat the Portland Timbers.
  Georgia Dome 2017
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