43 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com Move over and make some room baseball. America has fallen in love with all things soccer. The sport has seen an explosion of popularity among fans and players, from youth to professional league teams and every level in between. It’s no different in the Lowcountry, and perhaps even more so thanks to our beloved Charleston Battery. While making Charleston residents and soccer fans proud since 1993, the Charleston Battery, a United Soccer League professional soccer club, has continued expanding its offerings, including stadium improvements, to bolster the fan experience. This era of change started in late 2019 when the Battery was purchased by Rob Salvatore of HCFC, LLC. Exciting developments have been steadily rolling out, continuing into the 2023 season. The Battery have played at Ralph Lundy Field at Patriots Point Soccer Stadium in Mount Pleasant since 2020 and bill themselves as having “a seat for every style of supporter.” They also boast that beautiful Patriots Point backdrop of Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Citing the ongoing stadium improvements, club president Lee Cohen said, “Our ownership group, led by Rob Salvatore, has been very forward-thinking about the fan and stadium experience over the last couple of seasons. RECHARGED Charleston Battery adds new stadium features, new coach BY JACK LOV I NGOOD our town Ben Pi rmann , new head coach of the Char l es ton Bat ter y. Photo prov i ded by The Bat t e r y.