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Detroit City FC will host Manchester club in May

The Detroit News
Detroit City FC would frequently sell out its matches with 3,500+ fans at Cass Tech's stadium.

Detroit City FC will host FC United of Manchester on Saturday, May 28 to mark its campaign to rehabilitate Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

Detroit City FC will play its home matches at Keyworth starting in 2016 and hopes to fund a project that would renovate the 79-year-old stadium.

Detroit City FC previously played at Detroit Cass Tech High.

FC United of Manchester is a community club owned and operated by its nearly 5,000 members. It was founded in 2005 and is based in Manchester, England. This will be the club's first match in the United States.

In 2015, FC United of Manchester opened its supporter-funded stadium, Broadhurst Park, by raising more than $3 million from 1,500 individuals through a community shares plan.

"It's great to be playing a club with similar community spirit to our own and we are looking forward to working with Detroit City and helping them develop a different ownership model in the USA," FC United of Manchester board member Alison Watt said.

Tickets for the match will be made available first to Keyworth Stadium renovation donors, then to Detroit City FC season-ticket holders, then to the general public beginning in January.

There is a Detroit City FC / Keyworth Stadium fundraising event on Oct. 29 at the Fowling Warehouse in Detroit. Go HERE for more information.

Detroit City FC hopes to make the following improvements to Keyworth:

* Structural improvements to the west grandstand and repair wooden bleachers to allow for complete access throughout.

* Update and refurbish the locker rooms and public restrooms under the west grandstand.

* Repair concrete in the east grandstand to create a "traditional" standing supporters terrace.

* Repair the field lighting.

* Groom the field turf, with the intention of eventually installing a grass field.