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Charleston Battery get OK to sell Daniel Island facility with goal of relocating downtown

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Berkeley County Council on Tuesday gave the Charleston Battery permission to sell the soccer team's Daniel Island facility, as the club explores a relocation to downtown Charleston.

The county council passed a resolution March 26 giving the Battery clearance to transfer ownership of MUSC Health Stadium and all its Berkeley County property to a local subsidiary of Atlanta-based developer Holder Properties, which owns property throughout the Charleston area.

Included in the agreement is permission for the Battery to transfer their county-approved property tax relief incentives to Holder Properties and its affiliates, the resolution shows.

The move comes as the team looks into the possibility of moving to a new fulltime home elsewhere in the Charleston area, specifically downtown.

"If there were an opportunity to move the team downtown Charleston where the club started, the Charleston Battery would be extremely excited," a statement posted on the Battery's website reads. "The possibilities to benefit the local community and the energy it would bring to the nation's longest running professional soccer team are invigorating."

The statement went on to say the team is in "an ongoing dialogue with a number of parties concerning securing the best long term future for the Battery in Charleston."

Rumor has it, the new stadium will be relocated to the The Citadel's Johnson-Hagood Memorial Stadium.

The Citadel's Director of Athletics, Mike Capaccio, released a statement confirming the possibility of such a move.

“There have been some preliminary discussions with the Battery, but we are a long way from any decision," Capaccio said. "We are going to do what is best for The Citadel's athletic program, our cadet-athletes and our fans.”

The MUSC Health Stadium was built in 1999, formerly known as the Blackbaud stadium. The stadium was one of the first built in the United States specifically for soccer.

Long-time soccer enthusiast, Bunky Wichman, feels a move for the team isn't needed.

"Daniel Island is the perfect place for it, again a purpose built stadium and it’s hard to beat," Wichman said. "If there is a way to develop a new complex somewhere, if the demographics and infrastructure and the fan base will support it, that’s a great thing. Whether downtown would make a great place of not is beyond my judgement.”

Further details about the proposed sale have not been released.