The Charleston Battery, the oldest continuously run professional soccer club in the United States, is entering a new era, one that involves the College of Charleston. The new owners of the USL Championship team and the College struck a deal last fall to play all future home games at the newly named Ralph Lundy Field at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
“This partnership with the Charleston Battery is a win-win for the College of Charleston,” says Director of Athletics Matt Roberts. “It will not only enhance our coaches’ and student-athletes’ overall experience by exposing them to a professional team and a professional environment, but it will be a boon for our greater community, as residents of the Town of Mount Pleasant will be given an even greater opportunity to see and cheer on top-level soccer competitions.”
Plans call for the team to upgrade the stadium, the stands and the facility in other ways to ensure the venue is both fan- and family-friendly, while also allowing for the type of intense, raucous atmospheres seen throughout the USL Championship League.
“The Battery are an indelible part of the Charleston community,” says Rob Salvatore, who will lead the club’s new ownership. “As one of the most historic professional soccer organizations in the United States, this club has brought people throughout the Lowcountry together for decades. As ownership and custodians of the club, we will honor and respect that history while bringing new energy, experience and resources to grow the club’s connection to the community both on and off the field.”
The Battery begins the new era – and its 27th season – in March.
Pictured: Director of Athletics Matt Roberts with Charleston Battery execs and coaches.