Detroit City FC announced earlier this week that they have reached $400,000 in community fundraising to go towards renovating Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck. This milestone means that funds can now be available to the organization to start construction. The soccer team, founded in 2012, has had 340 Michigan-based individuals and businesses contribute to their campaign.
Construction on the 80-year-old stadium includes structural improvements to the grandstands, and the mending of bleachers, locker rooms, restrooms and lighting. The stadium is still owned by Hamtramck Public Schools (HPS). Detroit City FC will host 25 games and events a year through this 10-year lease, while HPS sports teams will still have access to the stadium.
This campaign is the biggest of its kind in Michigan and is still open to investors until February 15. The organization needs to reach $750,000 to cover the renovations.
"We still have a ways to go in our campaign but this milestone means a lot to Detroit City FC and our passionate supporters," DCFC co-owner Sean Mann said. "This campaign is bigger than just this club. Keyworth represents not only the continued growth of DCFC, but an exciting new way to approach investment, historic preservation, community development, and sports business." In just a few short years, Detroit FC had outgrown its home field at Cass Tech. This campaign helps both the team and HPS in the long run and shows what a strong public/private community partnership can bring. The team plans on playing at Keyworth Stadium for their 2016 home opener in May.