The Detroit Pistons basketball team have confirmed that they will be moving to downtown Detroit and begin playing at the new Little Caesars Arena starting next season.
The move will include construction of a new state-of-the-art Pistons practice facility and corporate headquarters that will bring substantial new investment and economic activity to the city, and a comprehensive community benefits plan that will bring millions of dollars more into Detroit neighbourhoods.
Pistons owner Tom Gores said:
This is a historic day for our franchise, and for the City of Detroit. We’re moving to a beautiful new arena that will provide a state-of-the-art fan experience, and we’re investing in the future of Detroit.
I’ve always believed that a sports franchise is a community asset with the power to unite and inspire people. There’s a big responsibility that goes with that, but there’s also a big payoff. Not just for the city of Detroit, but for the whole region. Detroit is rising, reinventing itself. The Pistons are doing the same. We’re in this together, and we couldn’t be more excited about that.
Construction of Little Caesars Arena is on track for a September 2017 opening and the centralised location will make Pistons games more accessible to more fans in more parts of Southeast Michigan.
Now home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions – The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the U.S.
The design of the arena will include a dramatic arena bowl incline with great sightlines that place fans closer to the action.
There will also be increased pregame and postgame entertainment opportunities with expanded access to restaurants and gathering locations connected to The District Detroit – a new world-class sports and entertainment development revitalizing 50 blocks around the arena.
Other facilities include: All-inclusive club spaces with enhanced luxury and amenities, parking and food and drink options; State-of-the-art technology that includes WiFi capabilities with greater bandwidth, mobile ticketing, wayfinding, high-definition video, stunning acoustic sound and smart phone mobile applications that will take you from street to seat.
Images courtesy of the Detroit Pistons