Soccer is Back in the D: DCFC Returns for the 2016 Season
By: Ryan O'Bleness
May 6, 2016
Soccer fans, are you ready? Detroit City Football Club is getting set to kick off its 2016 campaign this weekend with a preseason game against the Muskegon Risers at Berkley High School. There are several exciting aspects about DCFC soccer this season, and your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers are excited to once again be sponsors!
Most notably, the minor-league team has a new home this season. It will no longer play home games at Cass Technical High School, as it has moved to the historic Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck. The 80-year old stadium has been cleaned up, and DCFC is ready to give its fans an experience they’ll never forget.
“Our game day experience is going to provide all of the amenities that one would expect from a professional sporting event,” Alex Wright, co-owner of Detroit City FC, said. “From concessions, beer, multiple food trucks, merchandise, really anything that you would see at a big-time pro event, Detroit City FC is going to have it. Hopefully (the fans) can take a part of the experience home with them.”
The club’s first home game at the new stadium is on Friday, May 20 against AFC Ann Arbor. Keyworth Stadium can hold a capacity of about 6,000 people right now. The team is hoping to expand its capacity to about 10,000 people in the future. Initial upgrades include expanding the press box, sprucing up the locker rooms and bathrooms and cleaning up the grounds.
“Detroit City FC has established itself as having the most electrifying game atmosphere of any sport in Michigan,” Wright said. “It truly needs to be experienced to be believed. The quality of the soccer is great, and the passion of the supporters and fans matches it.”
Another new endeavor for the club this year is a new retail space in Hamtramck. It will sell merchandise such as team apparel, accessories, mugs, sunglasses, hats and even tickets to the game. The space, which doubles as the team’s offices, opened On April 22. The store is open Wednesday through Sunday.
On Saturday, May 28, a truly special event takes place in Hamtramck. DCFC hosts FC United of Manchester (England). It is the first time the team plays international friendly competition and it is the Keyworth dedication match.
“We are excited to fly them over and to treat them and our fans to soccer between two teams that share a passion for community-focused, supporter focused soccer,” Wright said. “FC United Manchester has a really cool story of their own and it is our pleasure to bring them over for our first internationally friendly.”
DCFC plays 12 in-conference games and three exhibition games this season, as well as some preseason games. The schedule is available online. The team competes in the National Premier Soccer League, and hopes to make a run at the championship this season.
Be sure to get out and support the club this summer! The experience will truly blow your mind!