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Atlanta United Making Game-Day Changes For Bobby Dodd Stadium To Improve Experience

Atlanta United asked fans not to use a homophobic chant heard in their first game
In an attempt to improve fan experience at games, Atlanta United is making "several changes" from its inaugural home game at Bobby Dodd Stadium for Saturday's game against the Fire, according to Doug Roberson of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. The team said that it will have "as many as 10 more portable food and beverage locations throughout the stadium." Outside of the stadium, food choices will "now include Sonny's, Twisted Taco, Smash Burger and Chick-fil-A, among others." The cutoff for alcohol sales also will be "moved from the 65-minute mark to the 75-minute mark with an undisclosed amount of locations added in an attempt to decrease the wait time in lines." The Georgia Tech Athletic Association, which decides on staffing for security and vendors, will "reserve the right to change the cutoff time." Additionally, the "number of pourers will increase" by 50%. Also, the number of staff at gates will "increase by an unannounced amount" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 3/16).

CHANGE FOR THE GOOD: The JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION's Roberson reports Atlanta United is "asking its supporters to use a lyric from one of the Atlanta-based rap duo Outkast's most popular songs during its games." This comes after some fans who attended the inaugural game "used a homophobic chant during goal kicks." The team is asking fans to say "'Heeeyyy!' as the goalkeeper approaches the ball, and 'Ya!' as he kicks the ball." The song was released in '03 as part of the album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 3/16).
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