Detroit Soccer Team Eyes Larger Home Stadium

A bigger venue outside the city hopes to entice management and fans.
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The Detroit City FC (DCFC) is a semi-professional soccer team that was formed four years ago by a group of five Detroit residents who wanted to have their own soccer club that would promote the city and help build a community. Managed by Ben Pirmann, DCFC—or Le Rouge, as it’s called by fans— has grown to play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

In the past, DCFC has played all its home games at Cass Tech High School at 2501 2nd Ave. in downtown Detroit, but it looks like the team’s fan base has grown so much that it needs a larger capacity stadium. This may also pave the way to joining a professional league, according to an official statement from the team’s owners.

DCFC has advanced plans to relocate to Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, just 6 miles from Detroit. This week, the club’s owners presented a $3 million renovation proposal to the Hamtramck School Board. If approved, the improved 80-year-old stadium would hold around 6,000 people—almost double the capacity of the Cass Tech venue—by next spring, in time for the 2016 National Premier Soccer League season.

The proposed renovation includes structural improvements to the grandstands, updated and refurbished locker rooms, creating a traditional standing terrace for fans, improved field lighting, and installing a grass field.