Detroit City Football Club (DCFC) is set to hold its first game at historic Keyworth Stadium on Friday night. This comes nearly eight months after the Hamtracmk School Board approved plans for DCFC to start renovating the stadium.
The game aginst AFC Ann Arbor kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and is the first home game of the season for DCFC, who are 2-0-2 in 2016.
The football club started a community investment campaign to raise $400,000 to start construction on the 79-year-old stadium. In February, they hit that goal and began working on Keyworth.
The team entered into a 10-year lease agreement with Hamtramck Public Schools where the team will host 25 games and community events throughout the year.
Volunteers have been out for the last few weekends helping upgrade the stadium, fix the bleachers and more.
With the money, DCFC will improve the east and west grandstands, lockers, restrooms and lighting. With the first phase of the renovation, the capacity will be 6,000.
The team's first season in the National Premier Soccer League in 2012 saw a total of 9,948 people attend games. Last season, the total attendance was 29,743, with average attendance per game of 3,528, which is a sellout. In fact, the team has been selling out games since 2014 and turning people away at the gates.
Parking on matchday is free at the Fowling Warehouse, free on residential streets and $10 at Veterans Park. McShane's Pub in Corktown is also providing a free shuttle on matchday. For more information, visit detcityfc.com/stadium. Check out the map below.