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Detroit Pistons Return to Detroit for First Preseason Games

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The Detroit Pistons will help usher in a new era in Detroit as they begin playing their first preseason games at Little Caesars Arena, beginning tonight against the Charlotte Hornets. The preseason game marks the first professional game the Pistons will play at the arena and the first home game in the city of Detroit in nearly 30 years. 

The Pistons will host their second preseason home game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Oct. 6 and a third preseason home game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Oct. 9. 

They will face the Charlotte Hornets again during their first 2017-2018 regular season home game on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The Pistons’ historic move from the Palace of Auburn Hills to Detroit brings four local, major sports leagues within city limits and within mere blocks of each other in The District Detroit, which also includes Comerica Park and Ford Field.

The move also makes Detroit the only city in the country with four major professional sports in its downtown district.

At Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons will enjoy state-of-the-art player technology and amenities, including one of the largest home locker rooms in the NBA. 

Purchase Detroit Pistons tickets at, or at Little Caesars Arena and check out the team’s season schedule here:

From 1957 to 1961, the Pistons played at Olympia Stadium, where the Red Wings also played from 1927-79. The basketball team then moved to the Memorial Building at the University of Detroit (Calihan Hall) and the former Cobo Arena before leaving the city for the Pontiac Silverdome in the late seventies—returning only briefly to Joe Louis Arena. In 1988, the team moved from Pontiac to The Palace of Auburn Hills where they played through the 2016-2017 season.