The Battery takes on TFC II in its ninth USL game of the year. Charleston is returning home from a two-game road trip after picking up a big win in Harrisburg on Monday night. Here’ what you need to know for tonight’s match.
MILITARY NIGHT: All active duty and retired military get free entry into tonight’s match with a valid I.D. There will be military will call tables set up outside of both the East and West gates. Show your I.D. at the will call table and get free tickets for you and your family.
T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY: We’re giving away special camo Battery t-shirts to the first 500 people through the gates tonight. Gates open at 6:00pm
JERSEY AUCTION: The Club is auctioning off game-worn camo jerseysonline. The online auction means you don’t have to miss any of the game and you can bid even if you can’t make the game! You can register to bid here: https://my.bidr.co/events/militarynight. Proceeds from the auction go to Carry The Load, a non-profit that provides active ways to honor the countless military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel who dedicate their lives to keeping our country safe. The auction is live, so you can bid RIGHT NOW, and ends tonight at 9:00pm.
FIREWORKS: Fans can watch fireworks from the field tonight.
FORECAST: It’s a perfect day for soccer, clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s around game time. Come out and enjoy the great weather!
TICKETS: You can order the exact seats you want in advance online by clicking here, or you can call our ticket office at 843.971.GOAL (4625). We’ve got box offices at both the East and West gates if you like to walk up and buy. Seats start at $10.
If you’ve been told that tickets, passes or wristbands will be reserved for you, you will find them at the Will Call tent outside the West Ticket Window. If you have problems, the Will Call staff will either assist you or contact a member of our ticketing staff.
PARKING: Parking at the stadium is $5 per vehicle.
WEBCAST: The webcast of tonight’s match, produced by Tourbeau Sports Group, will be available here.
TAILGATING: Our various supporters groups are back to a unified tailgate party for 2016, with The Regiment (our official supporters group) joining Queen Anne’s Revenge and Charleston Battery La Brava along the treeline at the northern edge of the parking lot on the east side of the stadium. The Regiment will be grilling this afternoon, with set-up at 4:30 and food ready by 5:30 p.m.
All fans, including fans who have never participated in a supporters’ group before, are welcome to attend the Regiment tailgate. If you wish, bring a side dish, or beverages for the Community Cooler. You can also just leave a donation to cover the cost of whatever you eat or drink, if you wish. Memberships in The Regiment will be on sale at the tailgate, or at their table under the West Stand. It’s $20, and includes cool items.
GATES: The stadium opens at 6 p.m. Remember: MUSC Health Stadium operates on a No Re-Entry policy. We will make special exemptions for emergencies, and for members of recognized supporters group who have business to attend.
THREE LIONS CLUB: You must have a pass or an appropriate wristband to access our English-styled pub on the second floor of the stadium before or after the match. We sell season memberships to the TLC, and they include a pre-match buffet.
MARCH TO THE MATCH: Our supporters will enter the stadium in their now-traditional March to the Match. All Battery fans who wish to join them are invited. Here’s how:
At 6:45 p.m., the leaders of our supporters groups will begin organizing the march at the tailgate, and they’ll be underway by about 7 p.m. The march will proceed outside the South Concourse and around to the Three Lions Gate under the West Stand. If you show up at the tailgate, you’ll be welcomed into the group. If you’re headed toward the stadium and you spot the march going by, just jump in and start singing. We’ll have staff at the side gate to scan your ticket when the march arrives.
After scanning in there, the march will re-form inside the stadium and continue back across the South Concourse to the E1 Supporters Section, where it disbands.
FREE TIX FOR E-1 MUSICIANS: We offer free E1 Supporters Section tickets to fans who show up with musical instruments.
Here’s how it works: If you bring a real musical instrument (toys don’t count) to the Will Call tent, the club will provide you entry at no charge to play in our E-1 Supporters Section. Now, to be clear: You can’t play drums and horns in other sections. But E-1 welcomes musicians.
ABOUT THE SUPPORTERS SECTION: We have loyal supporters who sit all around the stadium, but E-1 is where our loudest, most passionate fans congregate. It’s reserved for Battery fans only, and the rules are different.
Standing is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. And when the Battery score, it’s not uncommon for our supporters to set off yellow, handheld, non-flammable, non-toxic smoke bombs. If you’re seated near E-1 and have a problem with this, please speak to a member of our match day staff, and we’ll move you to a different part of the stadium.
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