The Atlanta United played in its first-ever playoff game Thursday, Oct. 26 at Mercedes Benz Stadium, and enlisted the help of NLL World Champion and Swarm team captain Jordan MacIntosh to hammer in the team’s Golden Spike before the game. MacIntosh and accompanying members of the Swarm’s front office were in awe at the atmosphere which persisted for hours.
“The night was amazing,” MacIntosh said. “… They treated us so well and the support from the fans was unbelievable. No one really sat down the whole 90 minutes plus. Unfortunately, it’s a tough result, but an amazing, amazing time.”
The Golden Spike is a tradition the United hold before every home game where an Atlanta celebrity slams a sledgehammer onto the Spike to a raucous roar of A-T-L. Wearing a custom Five Stripes jersey, MacIntosh did the honors in front 67,000 rabid Atlanta United fans.
“It’s cool that all the teams in this city rally around one another, and this was just further proof of it,” MacIntosh said. “I think there were 67,000 people here tonight, and hearing that we won a championship and seeing some of us up there with the trophy on the deck, hopefully people are intrigued and excited.”
During last year’s championship run, MacIntosh and his fellow teammates received tremendous support from the other pro teams in town, which helped fuel the team’s desire on the field.
“Something like this, I’ve never seen before. I think that’s something that’s unique about Atlanta,” MacIntosh added. “Last year, we had the Falcons, Braves, United, Hawks and Dream tweeting at us, and wishing us good luck. Tonight, the United had us out to their first playoff game ever to do a ritual that they hold very dear to their heart and their fanbase is very excited about. To have us up there, to have me up there, it was really, really cool, and it speaks a lot about where we’ve come as the Georgia Swarm. We’re here, and we have to continue winning to continue to do all this cool stuff and get the recognition and the fanbase.”