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Charleston Battery sold; new owner investing in stadium improvements

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Published Feb. 9, 2016

The Charleston Battery has a new owner, according to a news release Monday from the professional soccer club.

B Sports Entertainment purchased the team, its associated USL franchise and the MUSC Health Stadium property on Daniel Island for an undisclosed amount, the news release said. The Battery was previously owned by a group of Charleston businesspeople led by tech entrepreneur Tony Bakker.

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“We have an amazing, innovative new ownership group that is 100% committed to continuing the Battery’s incredible legacy while continuing to grow its ties to the community,” Charleston Battery President Andrew Bell said in the news release. “They are going to be immediately investing heavily in the infrastructure here at the stadium, which will allow us to accelerate our recent growth.”

Renovations began on the stadium’s offices in January, and a new electronic message board facing Interstate 526 was installed last week. The stadium’s audio system will be overhauled before the season begins in late March, and gigabit wireless Internet is expected to be available throughout the complex by the summer, the news release said.

A 90-by-32-foot video board will also be installed on the south concourse in early spring.

“Fans expect instant replay at sporting events, but to do that with some quality requires expensive technology,” Bell said in the news release. “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.”

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