Detroit City FC Creates The Detroit City Fieldhouse

It may currently be the off-season, but semi-pro soccer club Detroit City FC isn’t sitting around collecting dust while the 2018 National Premier Soccer League draws near. In fact, the club is making moves outside of Keyworth Stadium.

On Tuesday, the club and its owners announced that they will invest in and renovate the City Sports Center, a former 75,000-square-foot ice rink near Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit. Dubbed the Detroit City Fieldhouse, the indoor facility on East Lafayette will be a home for many youth, and adult recreational soccer clubs and leagues, while providing a clubhouse with ample space for those to enjoy a meal and drink, gather and socialize with friends, family, and fellow DCFC supporters.

In a release by DCFC, co-owner and Detroit City Futbol League founder Sean Mann said “we’re very excited for this next chapter for our organization, and for soccer in this city. 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.”

With funds being brought in privately by the club itself, the renovations will include two fields (one boarded and non-boarded), new turf, energy-efficient lighting, and other cosmetic upgrades.

A clubhouse with a full kitchen and bar will also be included that will be built overlooking the two fields, offering people opportunities to grab a bite and watch all of the action going on down below. Space will also be made and leased to provide start-up businesses with a chance to grow and launch their work.

As for the soccer that will be played on the two fields, to go along with the youth and adult teams and leagues that will be given the chance to get involved, the field house will serve as a home for the Detroit City Futbol League, DCFC’s “neighborhood-based” recreational adult soccer.

The City Sports Center, formerly used by the Detroit Red Wings as a practice facility, was also home to many hockey programs around the area, including Wayne State University, Grosse Pointe South, U of D-Jesuit, and other recreational hockey leagues.

The field house is set to open in September 2018.