BOSTON (April 26, 2018)
– Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today that MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, S.C., home of the USL’s Charleston Battery, will host the 2018 MLL Championship Game on Saturday, August 18. It marks the first time the MLL Championship Game will be played in the state of South Carolina.
“The Championship Game presents a great opportunity to showcase the top talent our sport has to offer, and we are very excited about bringing this unique event to the beautiful city of Charleston,” MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown said. “I would like to thank the Charleston Battery and the Charleston Sports Commission for their support of this event and for hosting us at a tremendous venue in MUSC Health Stadium.”
MUSC Health Stadium opened in 1999 as the first modern, privately-funded soccer stadium in the U.S. and the 5,100-seat stadium boasts the largest jumbotron in the Southeast at 3,000 square feet. Modeled after iconic English soccer stadiums, MUSC Health Stadium is known for clean sight-lines and an English-inspired pub in the venue, the Three Lions Club. The stadium has hosted a variety of major events, including the Zac Brown Band playing there annually.
“We're excited for the opportunity to host the Major League Lacrosse Championship Game at MUSC Health Stadium this summer,” said Charleston Battery Chairman Eric Bowman. “We're lucky to have such a versatile venue that allows us to bring marquee events like this to Daniel Island. We're looking forward to giving Charlestonians the chance to see elite athletes playing their sport at the highest level right here in their own backyard.”
The MLL Championship Game is traditionally played at a neutral location and recent renditions of the game have been hosted by venues that are not home to an MLL team. Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas hosted the game last season before becoming the home venue for the Dallas Rattlers. Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. hosted for two seasons in 2014 and 2015 before welcoming the Atlanta Blaze, then hosted again in 2016.
The Ohio Machine and Denver Outlaws have met in each of the last two Championship Games, with each team winning once and spawning the newest rivalry in MLL. If those two teams meet in the 2018 Championship, it will mark the second time in league history that the same two teams have played in three consecutive Championship Games, joining the Lizards and Bayhawks who met in each of the first three Championship Games in league history (2001-03).
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston. MLL has led the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports since 2001. The league is made up of nine teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dallas Rattlers, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards and Ohio Machine.
About MUSC Health Stadium
Completed in April 1999 as Blackbaud Stadium, MUSC Health Stadium is the first privately funded soccer-specific stadium constructed in the United States during the modern era. Styled after the classic English soccer experience, the stadium seats 5,100 and offers fans an unmatched environment with superb sight-lines, concessions, and a plush English-styled pub, The Three Lions Pub. Additionally, the complex includes sky boxes, a plaza for corporate entertaining, and state-of-the-art media capabilities, making it one of the premier professional soccer venues in the United States. The stadium is a hub for the community and is donated for a wide variety of charitable and philanthropic events throughout the year. The facility also functions as a major concert venue in the Southeast and has been the site for various musical events, including the annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival featuring Zac Brown Band. In July 2015, the Charleston Battery and MUSC Health announced a five-year stadium-naming rights agreement.