Thousands of people are packed in downtown Atlanta to celebrate Atlanta United's championship win.
An open-top bus parade is traveling down Baker Street, Marietta Street, and Andrew Young International Boulevard and will end with a pep rally at the Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Eight-year-old Carlos Garcia and his brother, 10-year-old David Garcia, begged their mom to drive them downtown for all the festivities.
“I said mom I want to come down to the stadium because they won their first championship,” Carlos tells WSB Radio.
When asked what is was like to watch the championship game, his brother David, replies, “Exciting!”
The boys’ mother Alejandra, who drove here from Jonesboro, bought her kids Atlanta United hats and t-shirts at Dick’s Sporting Goods. She tells WSB Radio, “Well my kids brought me here, I’m a soccer fanatic too, we love Atlanta United.”
All of the Atlanta United players, coaches, owner Arthur Blank, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and governor Nathan Deal will be in attendance.
The last time Atlanta celebrated a major sports championship was the Braves in 1995.
Blake, an Atlanta United Fan whose had season tickets, is playing hooky from work, so he can go to the parade and ceremony today. “I’m pretty ecstatic, I’m pretty pumped about it.”