The former City Sports Center is now home to the Detroit City Fieldhouse, complete with new fields and a club house. Leagues started earlier this month, and a grand opening is scheduled for October 27.
Detroit City FC and the city held a ribbon cutting on Monday, and talked about how the group’s $40,000 Motor City Match grant award helped them fully open sooner than expected. Todd Kropp, co-owner of the Fieldhouse, said that initially they thought it would take several phases to get the work completed, but the $40,000 grant helped to solidify the project and get the Fieldhouse fully open on time.
The complex has two fields—one mainly for soccer and lacrosse, and a bigger one that can be used for baseball, football, or softball practice. The offices for Detroit City FC are also in the Fieldhouse, along with the new Rebel Cycle Studio, which just held a grand opening this past weekend.
Work is finishing up on the Detroit City Club House upstairs between the two fields. A bar and restaurant will soon open here—it will be open to the public, not just for those using the field. A small club shop is also located behind the bar.
The renovations to the former ice rink include LED lighting, the Detroit City FC imagery and banners, new glass, a new scoreboard, and netting.
The new Fieldhouse opens as a recreation center for women’s, men’s, co-ed, and youth leagues. They’re also open to new ideas and partnerships with other groups. The Fieldhouse is at 3401 East Lafayette Street on the city’s east side.