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
Coordinates 32°52′13″N79°55′10″W / 32.8702487°N 79.919538°W / 32.8702487; -79.919538 (Blackbaud Stadium) Coordinates: 32°52′13″N79°55′10″W / 32.8702487°N 79.919538°W / 32.8702487; -79.919538 (Blackbaud Stadium)
Owner Charleston Battery
Operator Charleston Battery
Capacity 5,100
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1998
Opened1999
Construction cost$5.7 million USD
Tenants
Charleston Battery (USLC) (1999–present)

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 specifically 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 are said to offset as much as 12 tons of carbon dioxide per annum.

On July 30, 2015, the Battery announced that they had 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]

On April 26, 2018, Major League Lacrosse announced the stadium would host its league championship game in August. It will be the first MLL game held in South Carolina. [5]

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

References

  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.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. MLL Championship Game headed to Charleston