Renovations are underway at a new (old) activities facility on East Lafayette. City Sports Center, located across from the football field at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, will open as the Detroit City Fieldhouse later this year.
Led by Detroit’s soccer team Detroit City FC, the former ice rink will be home to adult recreation soccer leagues and youth soccer leagues and clubs, as well as house food and beverage options and space for sports-focused new businesses.
“We’re very excited for this next chapter for our organization, and for soccer in this city,” DCFC co-owner and DCFL founder Sean Mann said. “Just as we envisioned the DCFL being more than a recreational soccer league, and Detroit City FC being more than a minor league soccer club, we believe the Fieldhouse can be more than just an indoor soccer facility. We envision a welcoming space that is the safest and most affordable soccer facility in the region, and also serves as a hub for healthier and more active lifestyles in the city.”
Renovations include new turf for the two fields, cosmetic upgrades, and energy-efficient lighting. They’ll also build a clubhouse between the two fields as a gathering place for supporters, family, and athletes.
The 75,000-square-foot facility was once a practice facility for the Detroit Red Wings, and hosted many area teams including Wayne State University and U of D Jesuit.
Renovations should be completed for an opening in September 2018.
In 2016, Detroit City FC renovated Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, which has been their home for the past two seasons.