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|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–present)|
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, 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.
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 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.