MUSC Health Stadium

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MUSC Health Stadium
Battery Park
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Former namesBlackbaud Stadium (1999–2015)
Location1990 Daniel Island Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29492
Coordinates32°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)
OwnerCharleston Battery
OperatorCharleston Battery
Capacity5,100
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1998
Opened1999
Construction cost$5.7 million USD
Tenants
Charleston Battery (USLC) (1999–2019)

MUSC Health 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.

Originally named Blackbaud Stadium, the stadium was opened in 1999. At the time, Blackbaud (along with Columbus Crew Stadium, which opened the same year) was the first modern-era stadium in the United States designed for soccer. The stadium was originally named after Blackbaud, a software company founded by Battery majority owner Tony Bakker. The company's headquarters are adjacent to the stadium.

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 could offset up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

On July 30, 2015, the Battery sold naming rights for the stadium to the Medical University of South Carolina through 2019, in an expansion of a partnership between the university's hospital system and the team.[4]

In August 2018, the stadium hosted the Major League Lacrosse league championship game. It was the first MLL game held in South Carolina.[5]

The Southern Ground Music and Food Festival was hosted in 2011: Zac Brown Band, Clay Cook, Eric Church , Warren Haynes, Blue Dogs (from Charleston), Moon Taxi, My Morning Jacket, Train (band), and Fitz and the Tantrums. In 2012, the festival had: Gregg Allman Band, The Avett Brothers, Charlie Daniels Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Michael Franti & Spearhead. In 2013, the festival had Band of Horses, Jason Mraz, Willie Nelson, and Kenny Rogers. In 2016, it had Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses, Kacey Musgraves, The Marshall Tucker Band (from Spartanburg), and Bruce Hornsby. Zac Brown Band played at the festival every year from 2011–2016.

On May 29, 2019, MUSC Health Stadium was sold to an affiliate of Atlanta-based Holder Properties Inc for $6.475 million. After the 2019 USL Championship season, the stadium will be demolished to make way for commercial redevelopment. The last Battery game at the stadium will be on October 19 versus Bethlehem Steel FC.[6][7]

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.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-07-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ MLL Championship Game headed to Charleston
  6. ^ "Charleston Battery's home field is sold, redevelopment to start after the season". John McDermott. Charleston Post and Courier. May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  7. ^ "MUSC Health Stadium Sold, Paving Way for Redevelopment". Zach Spedden. Soccer Stadium Digest. May 30, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.

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