FLINT (WJRT) (04/24/18)--Kettering University begins a new era in the 89 year history of Flint's Atwood Stadium. A deal has been reached to bring women's semi-pro soccer to campus.
"When we reopened Atwood Stadium, the vision was always to have college, pro, and high school sports here. To bring soccer to Flint is huge for the community," said Kettering's Director of Marketing & Communications Patrick Hayes.
The Genesee FC will compete in the UWS league and play five home games at Atwood. The first match is set for Friday, May 18th.
"We're looking to sell out, obviously. We've got one of the biggest stadiums in the league with 11,000. We're looking to get as many people behind it," said Genesee FC Director of Operations Stevie Shard.
"This is fantastic. This is my first time being here right now. I can just envision it filled up and cheering on our team to championships," said Genesee FC Head Coach Chelsea Hunter.
Hunter is also the new head coach at Northwood University. She's planning to hold a few tryouts in the near future.
"We're probably looking for players going into college and then over the age of 18 into their late 20s. If you've played at a high level, we're looking to add you to the team," said Hunter.
Kettering anticipates providing a built-in fan base.
"On our campus, we have a ton of students who are soccer fans. Some of the our games between international students are really competitive. We have a lot of students who played in high school. We really think our students will get behind this team," said Hayes.
The team also plans to connect with youth league players and their families.
"We're going to talk to the local clubs and see if we can get the young girls to come and watch. It'll be a big thing for them, especially with some of the caliber of players we've got," said Shard.
Ticket prices are set at $7 dollars for adults, and $3 dollars for kids.