Over the weekend, the city of Charlotte came together to make Major League Soccer history. During Charlotte FC’s debut game against LA Galaxy at Bank of America Stadium, we gathered a total attendance of 74,479 screaming soccer fans – the highest attendance ever seen at an MLS game.
Our number flew past the previous MLS record of 73,019, set by Atlanta United during the 2018 MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Minted History 👑
Your NEW @MLS Attendance Record! pic.twitter.com/8tgefRS9C2
— Charlotte FC (@CharlotteFC) March 6, 2022
Saturday night’s game in Uptown Charlotte also set another record for the most inspiring national anthem the world has ever seen.
Organizers had commissioned Michelle Brooks-Thompson to sing the national anthem before the match started, but just a few seconds into her performance, technical issues caused her mic to shut off.
The packed crowed responded by erupting in a stadium-sweeping chorus of tear jerking patriotism.
The microphone went out for the National Anthem ahead of Charlotte FC’s home opener & this happened. Wow. Chills. This crowd is amazing.@wcnc | #ForTheCrown pic.twitter.com/KIDqBGJuZL
— Ashley Stroehlein (@ashstro) March 6, 2022
Mic stopped working for the national anthem performance ahead of the Charlotte-Galaxy match, so the crowd picked it up pic.twitter.com/YOeb5giFwM
— Alex Andrejev (@AndrejevAlex) March 6, 2022
Charlotte FC ultimately lost to the LA Galaxy in a final score of 0-1, but if our fan passion holds up, major league soccer in Charlotte looks to have a very bright future.
Did you attend Saturday’s game?
What were your thoughts?