The upcoming international game between Mexico and Nigeria at the Georgia Dome is trending to be one of highest-attended soccer games in Atlanta’s history.
Two weeks before the March 5 kickoff, more than 40,000 tickets have been sold. Soccer United Marketing, which is organizing the game, has sold tickets to consumers from 37 different states.
Because games featuring Mexico typically have large walk-up sales, the upcoming match could surpass the previous record of 54,229 tickets sold for last year’s Gold Cup games, which also featured Mexico. Capacity for the game is 72,000.
Next month’s game features two teams that will in play in the World Cup in Brazil this summer, so the environment in the Dome could be raucous.
Mexico, No. 21 in FIFA’s world rankings, is in a World Cup group that includes Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon,While Nigeria, No. 47 in FIFA’s rankings, is in a group that includes Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Iran.Coach Miguel Herrera is expected to call in much of the team that will appear in the World Cup.
“The game will be very useful for us and I am sure that the people in Atlanta will respond well as they have done everywhere, always backing the team in a very positive way,” Herrera said. “It will be a very attractive game; obviously the only match in which we are going to see the Mexicans that are currently playing Europe.”