MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston

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MUSC Health Stadium was a soccer-specific stadium located in the Daniel Island area of Charleston, South Carolina that served as the home of the Charleston Battery of the USL Championship.

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 were adjacent to the stadium.

The stadium seated 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 featured an on-site pub, called "The Three Lions".

The stadium regularly hosted 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.

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.

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.
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, 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 final Battery game at the stadium took place on October 19, 2019 against Bethlehem Steel FC.
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  • We stumbled upon the fact that Charleston has a local pro soccer team and stadium where they play. We were looking for a pub to watch soccer and have some lunch and ended up finding that and a game.....  more »
  • My sons a soccer fan and wanted to go while in town. Nice stadium, some seats in center in both sides have a back. Most others are bleacher seats with back. Not great but ok. Sit on press box side...  more »
  • Really cool stadium with ample seating. There's also plenty of parking, which is a plus. The music is nice and loud, and can be heard from the parking area, which has lots of room for tailgating. The huge screens offer a nice view of the on field action. Vendors offer all sorts of snacks and beverages. Restrooms are decent as well. All in all, I'd say this stadium is pretty awesome!
  • Great atmosphere and the staff was on pointe. There were food trucks for Dominoes pizza, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, a taco/nachos truck and a smoothie tent. They had beer and liquor drinks too. I was in an air conditioned suite on the 3rd floor that also had outside private seating. The wait staff came to your suite for food and drink orders. I had the chicken tenders with tater tots. After the game I went to the pub on the 2nd floor and had a great time. The players also came to the pub to meet with fans. I really enjoyed myself!

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