Oh how I love going to Keyworth to watch Detroit City Football Club – it’s loud, it’s rowdy, and it’s all in good fun. Tickets for adults are just $10 and kids get in for free, and can always be bought at the entrance upon arrival. And yeah, it’s football as in futbol.
DCFC was founded in 2012 but is already steeped in tradition. If you haven’t been yet, I’ll try to catch you up.
When you arrive, make sure to head straight to the merchandise trailer and pick up a scarf. They’ve got a couple different ones to choose from, and you’ll feel really out of place without one during the cheers and smoke bombs. Besides, they’re only $20 and go straight back to support a great organisation.
Adjacent to the pitch, you’ll see an area filled with picnic tables and food trucks. You can never predict which trucks will show up, but Beignets, High Octane, Wolf Moon, El Guapo, Slows To Go, and Srodek’s are regulars. Try to avoid getting in line during halftime, or you’ll spend the entirety of it waiting to order.
There are also a couple of tents where you can find alcohol. I wrote about my trip to Blake’s Orchard last autumn and the cider tasting at The Royce, so you already know how much I love these guys. They make a cider just for DCFC appropriately called Cider ‘Till I Die that is so crisp and refreshing on a hot summer night. Otherwise, they also have Stroh’s, Axle’s City Pale Ale, and a variety of Faygo flavours – all of which are excellent shouts.
Once you’ve grabbed a scarf and a beer, head over to the supporters section. This is where the real fun begins!
The stadium walls will be lined with members of Northern Guard to help you along with the cheers. You can download Hell’s Hymnal ahead of time, or if you get there early you can grab a booklet with the lyrics from one of them. If you forget, you can always just repeat whatever everyone else is shouting. Either way you’ll catch on quick.
Getting to Keyworth is actually really easy. Secured parking is available just adjacent to Keyworth Stadium at Veteran’s Park via Dan St for $10 per vehicle, but be warned that it takes ages to get in. McShane’s Pub in Corktown offers free shuttles and Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Valet will take care of you for free if you cycle over.
There’s also lots of free street parking around the neighbourhood, just make sure not to block anyone’s driveway! I usually get there an hour or two early so that I can also park at The Fowling Warehouse, where you’ll hear Sargent Scary’s Speech and can join in on the March to the Match through the streets of Hamtramck.
Some Final Pro Tips:
There’s no assigned seating, so don’t be shy about saying squeezing by or asking someone to share their space.
If one of our players is injured, everyone takes a knee.
Don’t use the portapottys – you can find actual toilets under the stands of the away team.
Expect smoke bombs at the opening and closing of every match, as well as at every goal scored by DCFC.
Speaking of goals – when it happens, go mental.
The closer you get to the drums, the more intense the fans will be.
After the match, walk over to Campau Tower for a burger. It’ll take just as long as sitting in traffic.
Allez Le Rouge!