I feel like this is revisionist history. I attended a game at the GA Dome where someone was literally reading a book a couple of rows away from me. Everyone seems to remember the excitement of 2016, but that was because we were winning, not because the GA Dome had more "actual" fans. In 1998, I was able to buy tickets against Philadelphia on the home side 40 yard line 20 rows from the field for $50 from a scalper. That's because the Falcons were sorry in 1997. The dome has always been half empty when the Falcons were mediocre. Winning is a major part of why Atlanta has embraced Atlanta United. There was some pent up demand for soccer, but a lot of people (including me) have followed the United and attended games because they are having success on the field.