Atlanta United's USL affiliate is getting new ownership. The Charleston Battery made it official on Monday announcing that locally owned B Sports Entertainment (BSE) have purchased the club.
As many Atlanta soccer fans will know, ownership situations in the lower leagues of American soccer can be a tricky situation. Charleston were fortunate enough to find a locally owned establishment that is willing to invest the money needed to improve the club and make sure it stays around for a long time.
"This is a fantastic day for soccer in Charleston," Andrew Bell, Charleston Battery president, said in a statement released by the club. "We have an amazing, innovative new ownership group that is 100 percent committed to continuing the Battery's incredible legacy while continuing to grow its ties to the community. They are going to be immediately investing heavily in the infrastructure here at the stadium, which will allow us to accelerate our recent growth."
The influx of investment has already begun even before the deal was finalized with renovations to MUSC Health Stadium, the club's home ground. Such improvements and additions include a massive message board installed on Interstate-526, a brand new sound system for the stadium, and the ability to provide free ultra high speed WiFi.
There's no telling how long Charleston and Atlanta United will be partners, but at least we know they'll be a USL option for many years to come thanks to their new ownership group.