The Pistons are expected to announce their return to Detroit today, and we’re pretty excited about it. We’ll be updating this article throughout the day as we hear more details.
There’s been a lot of talk around this topic in the past few months, and at the Pistons first home game this year, owner Tom Gores said that they were working out the final few details. We asked our readers if they think the Pistons should move back downtown, and they answered a triumphant Yes! Then we learned that Tom Gores had tried to sell the Palace of Auburn Hills to Oakland County, to which they were all, Nah. What will happen to the Palace? We should learn more soon.
Here’s what we know: The Downtown Development Authority is meeting today at 2:30 p.m., followed by a Detroit Pistons/Ilitch Holdings press conference at 3 p.m. Who’s going to be at the press conference? Tom Gores, Mayor Mike Duggan, and Chris Ilitch.
What should we find out? We should hear the official announcement that the Pistons are moving back to Detroit and will share the Little Caesars Arena with the Red Wings starting in the 2017 season. The Pistons also need a practice facility, so we may hear more about where that will be built. Crain’s is reporting that there could also be an announcement of a Pistons investment in “public facilities.”
But wait, what happens to the Palace? We’re not sure yet, but we hope you’re not too attached to the venue.
12:15 p.m. Hey, looks what’s showing up around the District.
Pistons banners appear on parking structure outside new arena. pic.twitter.com/xcNUrwAh5d— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) November 22, 2016
And it’s official!
This is the right call for the Pistons, our fans, for our players & the community.— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) November 22, 2016
It is an incredible arena. - Tom Gores on @LCA_Detroit
Gores: "What's good for Detroit will be good for the state."— Curbed Detroit (@CurbedDetroit) November 22, 2016
Detroit will be only city in country with all 4 major sports teams in city core.— Curbed Detroit (@CurbedDetroit) November 22, 2016
Duggan: not final deal. Preliminary. Needs more approvals from city.— Curbed Detroit (@CurbedDetroit) November 22, 2016
Pistons will repair 60 basketball courts in Detroit.— Curbed Detroit (@CurbedDetroit) November 22, 2016
Pistons haven't picked site for practice arena yet.— Curbed Detroit (@CurbedDetroit) November 22, 2016
What happens to the Palace? Gores: no definitive plans, development opportunities possible.— Curbed Detroit (@CurbedDetroit) November 22, 2016
More details to come! Welcome home, Pistons!