Detroit City FC hits financing goal for stadium work

Detroit City FC, the community-based NPSL team that has become a hit in the Motor City, reached its fundraising goal of $400,000 in its historic community financing campaign to release funds for the rehabilitation of 80-year-old Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck. The stadium will be the new home of Le Rouge.

Average attendance at Cass Technical High School Stadium in Detroit reached 3,528 in 2015, DCFC's fourth season in the NPSL.

Renovation at Keyworth Stadium is scheduled to be done before the start of the 2016 season in mid-May. Plans include structural improvements to the grandstands,and the mending of bleachers, locker rooms, restrooms and lighting. The capacity after the first phase of work will be 6,000.

DCFC will lease the stadium from Hamtramck Public Schools and host up to 25 games and community events throughout the year over the course of a 10-year lease agreement. Hamtramck school teams will also use the stadium.

“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.”

The total goal for the fundraising campaign, which goes until Feb. 15, is $750,000. Investors must be Michigan residents.
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