GRFC Will Host International Match at Fifth Third Ballpark


Grand Rapids FC v. Aurora United FC

COMSTOCK PARK, MI – Over the years Fifth Third Ballpark has hosted dozens of high school and college football games. On Saturday, October 8th it will be the site for a professional football match as Grand Rapids Football Club, of the National Premier Soccer League, will host Toronto-based Aurora United Football Club, of the Ontario Soccer League, in a friendly match between the two.

2015 was the inaugural season for Grand Rapids FC, which at that time played in the Great Lakes Premier League. The club finished the season with a 3-3- 2 record and averaged 4,509 fans. The team normally plays at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids but is eager to play at the home of the Minor League Baseball West Michigan Whitecaps.

“We are very excited to partner with the Whitecaps to play a match at their ballpark” said GRFC President Matt Roberts. “We have made it a point to work with the other minor league teams in West Michigan to try to grow the game of soccer and all of our brands. We have had a great relationship with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Grand Rapids Drive, and now we will work with the West Michigan Whitecaps to put on a great night of soccer for our supporters and fans that may be new to the sport.”

“We are expecting a great crowd for Futbol at the Ballpark” said Mike Klint, Fifth Third Ballpark Facility Events Manager. “Our staff is excited to see professional soccer on our field and Fifth Third Ballpark will make a great setting for the fans and players.”

Tickets for this event will go on sale Friday, July 1st and can be purchased at the Fifth Third Ballpark Box Office or online at
While Fifth Third Ballpark is primarily used for Minor League Baseball games, the venue has played host to a multitude of other events in recent years, including concerts, high school and college baseball games, corporate outings, weddings and carnivals. Information on upcoming ballpark events, as well as how to host an event at the ballpark, can be found at

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