|Former names||Blackbaud Stadium (1999–2015)|
|Location||1990 Daniel Island Drive |
Charleston, South Carolina 29492
|Construction cost||$5.7 million USD|
|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.
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Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre (16 km2) island located in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Named after its former inhabitant, the colonial governor of the Carolinas, Robert Daniell, the island is located in Berkeley County and situated between the Cooper and Wando Rivers. As of July 2012 it is being developed as a master-planned community complete with residential neighborhoods, parks, trails, recreational amenities and a downtown that is home to shops, restaurants, schools, churches and offices for businesses.
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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.
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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".
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The stadium regularly hosts sporting events besides Battery matches, including United States women's national soccer team soccer,and United States national rugby union team matches. 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.
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In early 2008, the Battery announced a plan to convert much of the stadium to solar energy.The panels could offset up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
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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.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a public medical school in Charleston, South Carolina. It opened in 1824 as a small private college aimed at training physicians. It is one of the oldest continually operating schools of medicine in the United States and the oldest in the Deep South. The school's main building was designed by Charleston architect Albert W. Todd.
In August 2018, the stadium hosted the Major League Lacrosse league championship game. It was the first MLL game held in South Carolina.
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.
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The 2008 Carolina Challenge Cup was a four-team round robin pre-season competition hosted by the Charleston Battery. The San Jose Earthquakes won their second title.
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The 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup was a four-team round robin pre-season competition hosted by the Charleston Battery. The 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup was contested among Charleston Battery, Chicago Fire, D.C. United, and Toronto FC, with D.C. United emerging as repeat champions.
The 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup was the ninth staging of the Carolina Challenge Cup, a preseason soccer tournament hosted by USL Pro side, Charleston Battery. Held from February 25–March 3, the Cup featured three Major League Soccer clubs and one USL PRO club.
The 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup was the 10th staging of the tournament. The tournament began on February 16 and concluded on February 23.
The 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup was the 13th edition of the Carolina Challenge Cup, an annual soccer tournament held in South Carolina by the Charleston Battery. The tournament ran from February 18 to 25, with all matches played at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.
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