Single-match tickets to the longest regular-season home schedule in the Charleston Battery’s 23-year history went on sale at 10 a.m. this morning.
Seats are available to 15 USL home dates against 13 other teams in the USL Eastern Conference, spread across the league’s first-ever 30-game schedule.
Tickets to USL matches in historic MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island start at a league-low $10, and continue to be the unrivaled best entertainment bargain in the South Carolina Lowcountry. They can be purchased online via charlestonbattery.com or ordered over the phone at 843.971.GOAL (4625).
Last year’s Battery posted multiple standing-room-only sellouts at the team’s 5,100-seat English-style stadium. The team shattered its all-time average home-attendance record while fighting to a third-place regular-season finish and reaching the conference semifinals.
With USL growing to 29 teams for 2016 and the sale of the Battery to local B Sports Entertainment earlier this month, interest in the team, the league and the sport continues to grow, said Battery President Andrew Bell.
“Breaking our attendance record and getting over the 4,000-seat threshold for the first time were great milestones for the club last season, but we see them in the context of soccer’s rising popularity in North America,” Bell said. “It’s always exciting to get a season underway, but with the investments that B Sports is making in the team and the stadium, we feel that this is likely to be a memorable, watershed year for soccer in Charleston.”
The club’s new owners have committed to multiple upgrades, including a new audio system, upgrades to stadium concessions, free Gigabit stadium wifi, and installing the second-largest outdoor video board in the state. With 2,880 square feet of viewable area, the 90-by-32-foot MUSC Health Stadium replay scoreboard will be roughly twice the size of the board at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, not to mention the largest board at a stadium of this size, anywhere. Not all the improvements will be in place when the season kicks off against FC Cincinnati on March 26, but the match-day experience should improve dramatically as the each new piece is put in place, Bell said.
The team’s recent success and offseason news has sparked new levels of interest.
“We’re five months ahead of where we were last year when it comes to season tickets,” said Suzanne Sudzina Brandon, director of ticket sales. “We’ve already sold more this year than we’d sold six months into 2015. If that’s any indicator of how individual tickets are going to run this year, buying sooner rather than later might be good idea.”
In addition to the home and regular-season opener against expansion FC Cincinnati on March 26, other home highlights include:
- Carolinas rivals Wilmington Hammerheads on April 9
- Military Night vs. Toronto FC II on May 14
- 2015 Eastern Conference runners-up Louisville City FC on Family Night, May 28
- Historic rivals Richmond Kickers‘ only visit to Charleston on July 2 (fireworks to follow)
- Two August visits from Carolinas rivals Charlotte Independence, with huge significance in the annual Southern Derby Cup competition (Aug. 3 and 27)
- USL Champions Rochester Rhinos on Sept. 3
- The regular-season finale against 2015 playoff team New York Red Bulls II on Sept. 24.
All Battery matches this season kick off at 7:30 p.m.