It's no accident that soccer is the most popular sport in the world—it requires little equipment, is fast paced, has clear rules, and can be played while holding a baby. Celebrate nanny-friendly athletics with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two red section tickets and two drink vouchers to an Atlanta Silverbacks match (a $44 value). Choose from the following games:
• Against FC Tampa Bay on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.
• Against FC Tampa Bay on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m.
• Against the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The Silverbacks bring high-energy professional soccer to the southeast with a team of sure-footed strikers, daring defenders, and masterful midfielders. Participating in the North American Soccer League, the Silverbacks play grueling games against teams from across the country as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. The Silverbacks look to welcome FC Tampa Bay on July 23 and August 6 with formidable footwork and a welcome basket full of scorched goalkeeper gloves. On August 27, the Carolina RailHawks come to town, toting an arsenal of headers, bicycle kicks, and game-changing Segway saves. Settle in for a rousing match in red section seats to relish a clear view of the turf-based action. While drinking in views, footy fans drink in drinks, chanting and toasting their hometown team to victory with a bubbly 20-ounce Pepsi product or a frothy 12-ounce Cerveza Tecate.
Up until his death in 2000, Willie B. the gorilla was the most popular attraction at Zoo Atlanta. Instead of a mere statue or winding highway in the shape of his silhouette, Willie's legacy lives on in the form of a professional soccer team: the Atlanta Silverbacks. The Silverbacks, who were called the Atlanta Ruckus before changing their name in 1998, originally played as part of the USL from 1999–2009, at which point the team announced its departure to become co-founders of the North American Soccer Association. Today, the Silverbacks draw fans to the 5,000-seat stadium at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, a sprawling complex with four full-size soccer fields for professional, semi-pro, and amateur play.