Mercedes-Benz Stadium open at 100% full capacity for Saturday’s Atlanta United game

ATLANTA — Mercedes Benz Stadium was back at full capacity on Saturday night Atlanta United’s match against Montreal.

The stadium’s lower two levels -- roughly 42,500 seats -- were packed with fans. The top levels, which are are only used for high-profile games, remained closed.

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Fans were recommended but not required to wear masks for entry to the game. They were be required to wear masks on field-level areas including inside clubs and on club patios.


The CDC updated its guidelines on mask-wearing Friday, saying people who are fully vaccinated don’t need to wear face coverings inside or outside. '

“Recognizing that all fans may not be fully vaccinated at this time, masks are recommended for entry into Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” the stadium said in a statement.

Fans can get vaccinated on the 300 level of the stadium and there will be a mobile vaccinated unit in the Lot 17 tailgating area on the south side of the stadium.

Channel 2′s Audrey Washington was at the stadium, where she saw about half of those attending the game wearing masks.

“I’m A little nervous about it,” Wil Wright said. “I had my second shot in January and I’m feeling a little comfortable either way. I’m more worried about the people who choose not to wear a mask, even though the haven’t been vaccinated.”

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Greg Rainwater said he thinks people will get used to not wearing masks again.

“I think the uneasiness is just because we’ve been in this for so long, but now I think it’s something we’ll get used to,” Rainwater said. “I certainly can relate to that.”