Battery match in Hartford later this month postponed amid coronavirus concerns

Battery match in Hartford later this month postponed amid coronavirus concerns
The Charleston Battery get a tune-up before the 2020 season. (Source: Charleston Battery)

Charleston's match against Hartford Athletic on Saturday, March 21st, has been postponed with a rescheduled date and time to be determined.

Hartford Athletic’s decision to postpone the match was made Wednesday morning after consultation with local and state health authorities, as well as city officials.

“In coordination with the Mayor’s office and in light of the Governor’s emergency declarations, we are postponing our home matches on March 21st and April 4th. Both matches will be rescheduled for later dates,” said Hartford Athletic Chairman Bruce Mandell. “As we continue to learn more about how this will affect our community, we have made this decision -- and will continue to make decisions -- with the best interest of our fans in mind. By delaying our first two home matches, we will use this time to continue to assess the situation and prepare for our first home match. We look forward to a full, robust, and exciting 2020 season for our fans.”

“Hartford Athletic is taking the right, proactive approach in light of the latest guidance from State officials and medical experts,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. “We appreciate their ongoing cooperation and partnership as all of us work together to prioritize public health. We also want to remind everyone that the most effective things you can do to protect yourself are the simplest: wash your hands well, avoid handshakes, stay home if you’re sick, and pay attention to the news.”

Charleston’s match against Birmingham Legion has not been affected and is currently scheduled to be played on Sunday, March 15th.