The Detroit Pistons will be leaving their long-time home in Auburn Hills after this season to join the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in 2017.
Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. President and CEO Christopher Ilitch and Detroit Mayor Duggan announced the team’s move to the city during a meeting at Cass Tech High School Nov. 22.
The relocation of the professional basketball team will put all four of the city’s major sports teams within a few blocks of each other. Little Caesars Arena is being constructed in the same part of downtown where the Lions and Tigers host their games at Ford Field and Comerica Park.
Detroit Pistons fans have demonstrated positive feedback and support following the announcement.
“As a lifelong Detroit Pistons fan, I am eagerly looking forward to what is yet to come for our team and our city,” said Mark Hennley of Grosse Pointe Park. “The city of Detroit is on the rise.”
Little Caesars Arena is a multi-purpose arena under construction in midtown Detroit. The new arena, which will cost a reportedly $732 million to construct, will succeed both Joe Louis Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills as the homes of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said after moving downtown next season, the Pistons will have their practice facility in the city by 2018.