November 21, 2016, 10:14 am
The Detroit Pistons are one of those teams who don’t actually play in the city they’re alleged to. The Pistons currently play in The Palace at Auburn Hills in nearby Auburn Hills, Michigan- about a 45 minute drive away from Detroit. Reports have surfaced that that will no longer be the case next season with an official announcement possibly coming as soon as tomorrow.
The Detroit Free Press has learned that an agreement between Pistons owner Tom Gores and the Ilitch family (owners of the Detroit Red Wings and the Little Caesar’s pizza chain) would allow the Pistons to move into the still-under-construction Little Caesar’s Arena when it’s ready to go next season. They would share the facility with the Red Wings in a return to downtown Detroit.
The new arena will replace the old Joe Louis Arena and is part of an effort to revitalize a once-downtrodden metro Detroit area. It will pair with the beautiful Comerica Park and Ford Field as a sports hub in the heart of the city.
It’s a good move to actually move into Detroit- the Pistons are a team on the rise and will be able to more easily reach new fans as they grow competitive in their swanky new digs. While The Palace was home to many great memories for the organization and its fans, it makes a lot of sense to relocate closer to downtown. Talks have progressed quickly and barring a major surprise it doesn’t seem like anything will prevent the Pistons from moving into a new home next season.