The Golden Spike Tradition -
The Golden Spike Tradition -

On matchday, an Atlanta tradition is born.

90 minutes before Atlanta United take the field, the players arrive at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to sign the Golden Spike, followed by the club's faithful fans and supporters (All are invited to sign it). Then, just minutes before the players walk out for kickoff, a select number of Atlanta United supporters march and carry the Golden Spike through the supporters section and to the platform fronting it. Join the supporters, join the movement, this is a relic signed by all, as a symbol of unity and strength.

The Golden Spike is then hammered into the railroad platform by a chosen ATLien with the stadium chanting…. A-T-L with every strike, a sound ringing true to our hearts.

After the final whistle, a smaller Golden Spike is awarded to a player, an honor voted on by the fans (via Twitter). In addition, he is also given one to keep as reminder of his performance, and the experience with the fans that he can cherish forever.

Be early, stay late, and be part of a culture driven by tradition and rooted in the ATL. Find out who's had the honor of hitting the Spike in each of our home matches below!

Spike Hitter: City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens

February 27, 2022 vs Sporting Kansas City

Atlanta United had the honor to host City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens to hit The Golden Spike on Sunday, February 27 as ATLUTD beat Sporting Kansas City, 3-1. Dickens assumed office in January 3, 2022.

Spike Hitter: Omeretta The Great

March 13, 2022 vs Charlotte FC

Rapper Omeretta The Great, known for her song "Sorry Not Sorry" had the honor of hitting The Golden Spike on Sunday, March 13 as ATLUTD beat Charlotte FC, 2-1. Omeretta The Great was also a cast member on season 10 of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.

Spike Hitter: George Lopez

April 16, 2022 vs FC Cincinnati

Comedian and actor George Lopez hit the Golden Spike on Saturday, April 16 as ATL UTD played FC Cincinnati to a 0-0 draw. Lopez's self-produced sitcom George Lopez ran on ABC for six seasons from 2002-07.

Spike Hitter: Maria Taylor

May 7, 2022 vs Chicago Fire FC

Sports reporter Maria Taylor hit the Golden Spike on Saturday, May 7 as ATL UTD beat Chicago Fire FC 4-1 behind a hat trick from Ronaldo Cisneros. A University of Georgia alum, Taylor has covered high-profile sporting events such as SEC football and the NBA Finals. She's currently a sportscaster for NBC Sports and recently covered the Tokyo Olympics.

Spike Hitter: Lindsay Droz

May 15, 2022 vs New England Revolution

U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate Colonel Lindsay Droz hit the Spike prior to kickoff on Sunday, May 15 as ATL UTD tied against New England Revolution, 2-2, in a very intense match with goals from Thiago Almada and Luiz Araújo. Droz is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and Base Commander at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. Her taking command marked the first time in the base's 80 year history where all four of its top commanders are women.

Spike Hitter: A.J. Terrell

May 28, 2022 vs Columbus Crew

Atlanta Falcons NFL player A.J. Terrell, born and raised in Atlanta, hit the Golden Spike on Saturday, May 27 in ATL UTD loss to Columbus Crew, 1-2 in a match that saw Dom Dwyer score a bicycle kick goal in the last minute, as the 5-Stripes pushed to tie the match. Born in Atlanta, Terrell played his college career for Clemson University and left before his senior year to be elegible for the NFL Draft 2020, where ultimately he was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (16th overall).

Spike Hitters: Footie Kids

June 14, 2022 vs CF Pachuca | American Family Insurance Cup

For the American Family Insurance Cup, a Cup Designed by the 17s, was the perfect moment for the Footie Kids to hit the Spike. Fans voted online to select our Spike Hitter as well as many other aspect of the matchday experience, for the inaugural American Family Insurance Cup, where Atlanta United beat CF Pachuca, 3-2 with goals by Josef Martínez, Luiz Araújo and Dom Dwyer.

Spike Hitter: David Banner

June 19, 2022 vs Inter Miami CF

Rapper and hip-hop producer David Banner hyped the more than 42 thousand fans up at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, June 19 for the match vs Inter Miami CF. Atlanta beat the South Florida team 2-0 with goals by Luiz Araújo and Josef Martínez.

Click below to find out who else has hit The Golden Spike in previous years!