Ground broke today on another big construction project in New Center. The Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health System broke ground on a training, rehabilitation, and sports medicine complex just a couple miles north of the new Little Caesars Arena.
According to a press release, the Henry Ford-Detroit Pistons Performance Center includes a new training facility and corporate headquarters for the Pistons; a comprehensive sports medicine, treatment, and rehabilitation facility managed by the Henry Ford Health System; and public spaces available for community relations, networking, and team-hosted events.
The construction starts just after the Pistons moved back to Detroit and began their new season at the Little Caesars Arena. Pistons owner Tom Gores says there may be more community partners announced for the training center in the coming months.
The performance center will be about 175,000 square feet, with close accessibility for players to team medical practitioners providing injury diagnosis and rehabilitative treatment in the sports medicine center.
The facility will also serve as a space for fitness, health, and nutrition programming through the Detroit Pistons Fit and annual NBA Fit Week programming. The facility will host youth basketball clinics and Pistons Academy basketball programs. A lobby and additional public access areas will be designed for private events, receptions, and community networking activities.
The complex is set to open in summer 2019.