Evening home games in Detroit on the Cass Tech High School field are HUGE for Detroit soccer fans! Did you know Detroit has its own minor league soccer team? Detroit City FC is one of the most beloved amateur sports teams in the nation. Founded in 2012, the team and its fan base have grown exponentially in recent years.
The organization was built on three ideas: “To satisfy the demand for soccer in downtown Detroit, represent the city in a positive light, and build community through ‘the beautiful game,’” according to the league’s website.
The team’s home field at Cass Tech in downtown Detroit received upgrades thanks to personal donations from multiple owners of the team. Their investment, vision and passion for the game has ignited a new sports movement in the city.
Detroit City FC fans are some of the most loyal in the sports world.
“To have a team in Detroit is phenomenal and the response is just unbelievable,” said DCFC fan, Josh Gartner. “We’ve been longing for this for years. For a lot of these guys, this is their life.”
This year, season tickets sold out almost immediately and there is a group of people who travel the country for away games. Fans also have a tradition of gathering before every home game at Harry’s Detroit Bar and Grill. After a few drinks, the crowd flocks to the stadium, waving flags and singing in unison.
“The march is half the fun,” said Gartner. “It’s an experience for anyone to come down.”
Chants, colored smoke bombs, flags, and bleachers packed to full capacity are typical for DCFC games.
Halftime is also a spectacle; there is a ‘jean shorts cannon’ rather than a typical t-shirt cannon. The man who works the cannon goes by the official title, “Jean Short Cannon Guy.” He created the one-of-a-kind machine himself out of a fire extinguisher.
“It’s really an honor,” the Jean Short Cannon Guy told Opportunity Detroit.
The soccer organization’s goal to develop community and bring residents together has been nothing short of an incredible success.
“A lot of it has to do with loving the soccer, but a lot of it also has to do with loving Detroit and seeing something homegrown in Detroit getting larger and larger every year,” said Gartner, a very proud fan.
If you’d like to check out the Detroit City FC, go to www.detcityfc.com for the game schedule and to purchase tickets. The regular season runs through July 22, 2015.