Blackbaud Stadium

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Blackbaud Stadium
Battery Park
Blackbaud Stadium 2.jpg
Location 1990 Daniel Island Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29492
Coordinates 32°52′13″N 79°55′10″W / 32.8702487°N 79.919538°W / 32.8702487; -79.919538 (Blackbaud Stadium)Coordinates: 32°52′13″N 79°55′10″W / 32.8702487°N 79.919538°W / 32.8702487; -79.919538 (Blackbaud Stadium)
Owner Charleston Battery
Operator Charleston Battery
Capacity 5,100
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1998
Opened 1999
Construction cost $5.7 million USD
Tenants
Charleston Battery (USL Pro) (1999-Present)

Blackbaud Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium located in the Daniel Island area of Charleston, South Carolina that serves as the home of the Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League. Upon opening in 1999, Blackbaud (along with Columbus Crew Stadium, which opened the same year) was the first modern-era stadium in the United States designed specifically for soccer.

The stadium seats 5,100 people, mostly in two large stands on either side of the field. The stadium is modeled after lower-division English soccer stadiums and features an on-site pub, called "The Three Lions".

The stadium regularly hosts sporting events besides Battery matches, including United States women's national soccer team soccer,[1] and United States national rugby union team matches.[2] The stadium also hosts concerts and other festivals, including several editions of the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival headlined by the Zac Brown Band.

In early 2008, the Battery announced a plan to convert much of the stadium to solar energy.[3] The panels are said to offset as much as 12 tons of carbon dioxide per annum.

The venue is named after Blackbaud, a software company founded by Battery majority owner Tony Bakker. The company's headquarters are adjacent to the stadium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Soccer Wire: Women's National Team to Kick Off New Year with Busy January". U.S. Soccer. 2001-12-17. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Hercus leads Team USA past Canada". The Post and Courier. 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Blackbaud Stadium going solar". The Post and Courier. 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 

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