Sports – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:54:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Listen: Auto Show To June, Brandstatter Out, Campus Martius Improvements & Hatch Detroit Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:19:12 +0000

New podcast! Right under the deadline for finishing the show, we got word that the Detroit City Council has unanimously voted for a new Cass-Henry Historic District. We’ll dive into that more tomorrow…

The North American International Auto Show looks like it is moving dates, and now we have a good idea as to when. Multiple media reports say that the show will move from January to June in 2020.

Detroit’s historic Bonstelle Theatre on Woodward Avenue is being decommissioned by Wayne State University

It used to be that Detroit and Michigan were places where black families made progress on home ownership compared to the rest of the country. That’s no longer the case…

Jim Brandstatter’s 31-year run as color commentator for the Detroit Lions has come to an end….

The popular Campus Martius Park beach is getting a makeover…

We now have the exact dates the PGA TOUR is coming to the city of Detroit in 2019…

And we have a conversation with Vittoria Katanski and Ashley Hennen of Hatch Detroit about the annual contest that has helped jumpstart some of the notable local names in Detroit’s retail scene and how you can get involved.

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LISTEN: Fletcher Sharpe’s This Week In Detroit City FC Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:56:33 +0000

We talk about City’s 4-3 away loss at Kalamazoo FC to close out its National Premier League Soccer campaign and what the team needs to focus on to get back into the playoffs next season. We even touch on division winner AFC Ann Arbor’s playoff prospects, since Sharpe also covers the Mighty Oak for Midfield

Next, we catch up on all things World Cup, including red-hot Belgium’s chances in the semifinals against France, England’s annoying “It’s coming home” mantra and Croatia’s formidable midfield.


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Listen: Royal Oak. Restaurant Rumble, This Week In Detroit City FC With Fletcher Sharpe Tue, 10 Jul 2018 02:43:24 +0000

And we’re back from the summer holiday week… and right into a rumble among Royal Oak, Michigan restaurants in regard to parking and the future of the city. We also dive into some recent closings around Detroit and openings…

Also, should rangers at Michigan State Parks carry guns? In other state park news – specifically Belle Isle – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is scheduled to present their proposal to bring the race back to the the island next year...

Olympia Development, residents and the city are tussling over the possibility of a historic district near the new Little Caesars Arena…

Detroit’s beloved Better Made Snack Foods is going to expand to many more states around the nation…

The city of Detroit says that more than 8,000 young people from age 14 to 24 will get six weeks of on-the job experiences and job training….

Woodward Avenue is getting national love on the new PBS series “10 Streets That Changed America.” Be sure to check that out Tuesday…

Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk Detroit City FC. His tip? You’re going to want to see these international friendlies coming up in the next few weeks…

And, just for kicks, we remind you about a funny and entertaining series at Go Comedy! Improv Theater you’ll want to check out on Thursday, Let’s Just Say: Admire.

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LISTEN: Fletcher Sharpe’s This Week In Detroit City FC Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:33:22 +0000

Fletcher Sharpe joins the Daily Detroit News Byte to talk about this week in Detroit City FC. There will be no post-season for LeRouge and Fletcher brings us up to speed.

And, as they’re both soccer nerds, Sven and Fletcher dive into talking about the World Cup.

There’s one more regular season game left in Kalamazoo for DCFC, then a short series of friendlies. Fletcher appears on Monday’s shows.


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Listen: This Week In Detroit City FC with Fletcher Sharpe Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:04:07 +0000

This week Midfield Press correspondent and regular Daily Detroit contributor Fletcher Sharpe returns to talk about Detroit City FC’s long-shot playoff chances and the World Cup.

The last Detroit City FC home match of the season is this Sunday.

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DMC Sports Medicine Institute To Open Next To Little Caesars Arena Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:48:33 +0000

The fast pace of development downtown continues with the announcement Wednesday of the Detroit Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Institute.

The $65 million facility will be across the street from Little Caesars Arena. It will not only serve the Detroit Lions and Tigers, but be a destination for athletes professional, collegiate, and amateur.

The facility will be in one of the buildings already planned for the District Detroit and will be 50,000 square feet. The remaining 60,000 square feet will be available for other medical tenants. It will be in a five-story building that’s right now a surface parking lot at Woodward Avenue and Sproat Street.

Some of the amenities inside will include a golf simulator, 3-point basketball court and a 40-yard track. There also will be a mobile MRI machine and a rehabilitation pool.

At the press conference today, DMC officials said that they expect 20 to 30 new jobs to be created.

Recently, a number of buildings in the District Detroit, a 50-block master planned area around Little Caesars Arena controlled by Ilitch Holdings, switched their plans from residential to commercial in focus.

The Sports Medicine Institute plans to be open in 2020.

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LISTEN: Fletcher Sharpe On MLS Bid, This Week In Detroit City FC Tue, 05 Jun 2018 18:42:26 +0000

Midfield Press soccer journalist Fletcher Sharpe is back for his weekly rundown of what happened and what’s next for Detroit City FC. Also, we dive into Detroit not getting a Major League Soccer team this round.

This interview appeared first on the Daily Detroit News Byte podcast.

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LISTEN: This Week In Detroit City FC With Fletcher Sharpe – FC Columbus and FC Indiana Thu, 31 May 2018 15:16:38 +0000

This was a big week for Detroit City FC, with two shut out matches against FC Columbus and FC Indiana.

This week Midfield Press correspondent Fletcher Sharpe spoke with Jer about the action on the field and what to expect next week.

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Detroit Loses MLS Bid To FC Cincinnati Thu, 31 May 2018 15:00:13 +0000
Detroit’s bid to win a Major League Soccer franchise suffered a setback when bidders settled on Ford Field as a venue.

That’s the view of MLS commissioner Don Garber who said Detroit was a front-runner to get a new franchise until backers Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores abandoned plans for a soccer-specific stadium on the site of the stalled Wayne County Jail. Gilbert and Gores in November announced they were partnering with the Ford family and would instead retrofit Ford Field for soccer.

Barber and the MLS announced FC Cincinnati yesterday as the 26th and newest expansion franchise.

Detroit was one of four finalists to get a franchise license, along with Cincinnati, Sacramento, and Nashville, which won a franchise in December.

Detroit remains in the running for two expansion spots for the 2022 season.

MLS has said all along that it prefers open-air, soccer-specific stadiums for new expansion teams. But Atlanta United FC, which is now playing its second season in the league, has set attendance records in an indoor stadium.

This story aired on our Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast.

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Detroit City FC To Host Italian Club Frosinone Calcio July 31 Fri, 25 May 2018 01:58:20 +0000

If you listen to this show regularly, you know we are fans of the Detroit City FC soccer team and have a new weekly segment with soccer correspondent Fletcher Sharpe. On Thursday, the team announced it’s added a new international friendly — its third — for the 2018 season.

Le Rouge will host Italian club Frosinone Calcio at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck on Tuesday, July 31. The match will be presented by DTE Energy. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $15.

Frosinone Calcio traces its roots to 1912 and plays in the second tier of Italian soccer. They’re currently in contention to be promoted to Serie A, the top Italian league, for the 2018-2019 season.

City last weekend played host to German team FC St. Pauli — you can listen to our discussion about the match, a triumphant 6-2 loss, with Sharpe here. It also plays Mexico’s Club Necaxa on July 10.

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