The Detroit Pistons moved their home games from The Palace to Little Caesars Arena in 2017. Now, their headquarters will be located in Detroit as well.
This week, the professional basketball team officially opened their new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center, a $90-million training center and headquarters in New Center. The Pistons are calling the 185,000-square-foot, four-story facility the largest of its kind in the NBA.
In addition to housing office space and state-of-the-art performance technology and equipment for the Pistons, the multi-use site will also have indoor and outdoor public spaces, a Plum Market and Blink Fitness opening by the end of 2019, and access by walkway to a $37-million sports medicine and rehabilitation center managed by Henry Ford Health System that will be the official health care provider for the team.
“This facility is a huge win—for the community, our franchise, our fans, and our future,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said. “It’s the best training facility in the league and will give our players and coaches an edge in maximizing their performance.”
Gores added more is planned for the Pistons in Detroit. “This is an important milestone, but our work in Detroit is only getting started. Our ambitions have always been bigger than just basketball. This is an investment in the future of our city.”
The center will host youth basketball clinics and the lobby and second-floor event space will be available for rent. The team also says it’s committed to renovating 60 basketball courts throughout the city.
Gores himself said he is planning on partnering with Dan Gilbert and the Ilitches—also sports franchise owners—on more developments in Detroit.
Crain’s Detroit Business reports that the rest of the team employees will move into the center by October 21. The Palace of Auburn Hills, which previously housed all the Pistons’ operations, will soon be demolished.