The Charleston Battery professional soccer club is under new ownership.
Officials from Charleston, South Carolina-based company B Sports Entertainment (BSE) announced today that the company had purchased the club. The purchase also encompasses the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Health Stadium property. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“This is a fantastic day for soccer in Charleston,” said Andrew Bell, Charleston Battery president, said. “We have an amazing, innovative new ownership group that is 100 percent committed to continuing the Battery’s incredible legacy while continuing to grow its ties to the community. They are going to be immediately investing heavily in the infrastructure here at the stadium, which will allow us to accelerate our recent growth.”
Even before the sale was final, BSE had begun doing office renovations and had an electronic sign installed. Next on the agenda are upgrades to the audio system at the club's stadium and to the club's digital system.
When upgrades are done, the club will boast the second-largest video board in South Carolina; its viewable area will be almost 3,000 feet and the screen will measure 90 feet by 32 feet.
The regular soccer season kicks off on March 26.
"Fans expect instant replay at sporting events, but to do that with some quality requires expensive technology," Bell said. "So this is going to be brilliant. The Battery has deep roots in soccer history, and BSE has a bold vision for soccer’s future. It’s going to make for a very exciting year.”
BSE officials said they plan to host even more events at the stadium, which has been in operation since 1992. It was the first privately-financed stadium in the United States built just for soccer.
Last year saw the Battery break its record for attendance, as an average of 4,080 spectators came to each soccer match.
“We’re at a very significant, and I would say well-timed, moment in club history today,” Bell said. “For the last few weeks, we’ve been telling people, ‘Stay tuned.’ Now we can finally tell them, “Get on board.’ We are excited and very optimistic about the coming months and years.”
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