Atlanta is currently in the process of bringing an MLS team to the city; however, until that happens in 2017, soccer fans, or those just looking for a weekend activity, can attend Atlanta’s “other” soccer team, the Atlanta Silverbacks. The Silverbacks are a part of the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of soccer leagues in the United States. As such, the standard of play is a bit lower than the MLS and the stadium is much smaller, but attending a Silverbacks’ game is a fun experience, especially for those with children.
The Silverbacks play at Atlanta Silverbacks Park northeast of downtown Atlanta on the I-285 perimeter. The drive isn’t too bad for those who live on the eastern side of the Atlanta metropolitan area, but be warned that you must either pre-pay for parking or pay cash only on-site. There is only one ATM nearby, but if you bank at a large institution, chances are that the ATM won’t work for you. Once we were inside, we quickly made our way to our seats. The stadium is small, so there aren’t any bad seats. The atmosphere was pleasant, despite the stadium’s size, as there were plenty of people there to actually watch the game, cheering for one of the two teams. The game that we went to was not the most exciting match we had ever been to, but we enjoyed the experience and agreed that we had a good time. Unfortunately, the combined price of the tickets and parking is a bit steep to make us regulars at Silverbacks games, but we recommend checking out the Silverbacks for a fun outing.