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Fans, Detroit officials talk about plan for new Detroit City FC stadium

(CBS DETROIT) — The Detroit City Football Club has announced that it will have a football-specific stadium in Detroit. Fans and city officials said they are excited about the new plan.

“I want them to have a permanent home in the city, and we will support them, and they will reach out to the community to start those conversations,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Millions of dollars from the club have affected small businesses in the city of Hamtramck, the organization said.

John Mozena of the Center for Economic Accountability said he finds the previous explanation plausible.

“These stadiums have no significant economic impact on the city. All they do is change locations?” he said.

Mozena is also a fan of Detroit City FC. He wonders who will play to build the stadium. According to him, the team’s current stadium was renovated in 2016.

“I think it’s a wonderful place for a city stadium. I look forward to seeing it built and I applaud them. It’s solely the issue of public financing that concerns me,” he said.

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CBS News Detroit asked the organization how the stadium will be paid for. Officials have not released details of the construction plan.

“My only concern, and that of our organization and all the economists who look at these kinds of things, is that it should not be up to taxpayers to pay in whole or in part for any stadium,” Mozena said.

Mozena believes the organization can opt for the community benefit ordinance through the city.

He doesn’t want the community to be responsible for paying for something he thinks will have little effect.

“Look at Ford Field or Comerica Park. How much economic development is around those things?’ he said.

Many residents in the Corktown community were excited about the latest announcement. Most said the move would boost surrounding areas.

Parking is a concern for some, but the growth the community could see would prove sufficient.

“Good luck. With the train station coming and the two hotels, the Godfrey and Perennial, the amount of investment coming into this city is incredible,” said Corktown resident Ryan Satko.

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