Come 2008 when the Ultimate Soccer Arena was built, change started coming. Travel teams started to try to get more players into D-league play; intermediate leagues came through to play at the stadium. After years of new, good soccer, Detroit City FC saw an opportunity.
Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck was in poor condition at the beginning of 2016, but after a call for personal investments from locals, Keyworth was open for play. According to the club, a total of 527 people pledged $741,250. I'm only a casual soccer fan, and even a few people I knew donated to the effort.
The renovation turned out to be more of a success than anticipated. In addition to reinvigorating the spirit of fans, the stadium might have also reinvigorated Hamtramck. As Michael Jackman wrote a couple months ago:
You know you're doing well when you can land a friendly game with a Manchester team during a season when you're not even going to make the playoffs.
A general consensus from some Hamtramck residents within earshot was, "This changes everything." Another friend's comment hit home: Just like that, Hamtramck has become Wrigleyville. One even said we'll be discussing Hamtramck with qualifiers like "pre-DCFC" and "post-DCFC."