Downtown Boxing Gym to Unveil New Outdoor Sports Complex in Detroit


DETROIT – A newly renovated outdoor sports complex is expected to be unveiled at the Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG) in Detroit on Tuesday.

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation makes this project possible thanks to its Community Sports Matter grant program. The program benefits youth sports programs in low-income communities.

The new complex is located on 3/4 acre at the corner of Meldrum Street and East Vernor Highway on the east side of Detroit. It is intended to benefit over 150 students (ages 8-18) who participate in DBG’s free after-school academic and sports program.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, DBG, executives of DICK’S Sporting Goods, are expected to participate in a reveal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by The UnGala, an annual fundraising event in support of DBG.

The Downtown Boxing Gym has been in its building on East Vernor Highway since 2015. They wanted to make better use of the outdoor space.

The new outdoor sports complex includes:

  • A large multi-sport grass field

  • Lighting throughout the complex

  • Flag

  • Ice skating rink

  • Raised gardens

  • Two fireplaces with seats

  • DBG bus and van fleet parking

  • A shipping container for storage

Construction began in February 2021 and is still ongoing. The rest of the work, including the installation of the pavilion and the ice rink, is expected to be completed within the next few months. Premier Group Associates is leading the project.

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Following: Detroit Development

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