HAMTRAMCK (WWJ/AP) – A semi-professional soccer team is ready to show off its efforts to restore an old stadium in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck.

Alex Wright, one of Detroit City Football Club’s co-owners, told The Detroit News that work to the 80-year-old stadium includes electrical updates, structural improvements and upgraded stands. Wright says the decades created “a lot of wear and tear.”

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“It’s extremely ambitious trying to make this happen, but it sort of speaks to how we want to run this organization that we’re constantly pushing the envelope,” Wright said. “As a result, the stadium is not going to be 100 percent ready to go on opening night. Like everything else, it’s going to be a process. But we have a vision for where it needs to be and we’re going to keep working toward that until we get to that point.”

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Detroit City FC’s home opener is Friday. Work began ramping up in February after the team raised more than $740,000. Other improvements are planned.

Detroit City FC was started in 2012 and it plays in a league sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation. It outgrew its original rented home at Cass Technical High School, averaging more than 3,500 fans a game in a venue with an official capacity of 2,500.

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