The franchise is due to host an All-Star Game: the last time Detroit hosted such an event was in 1959, with the ninth All-Star Game held at the Detroit Olympia. (The Pistons played at the Detroit Olympia from 1957 through 1961, before moving to Cobo Arena.) The franchise did host the 1979 NBA All-Star Game at the Pontiac Silverdome.
“Detroit is an iconic sports town with some of the most passionate basketball fans in the world,” said Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores via press release. “There is also a spirit of renewal and an energy in Detroit right now that is unlike anywhere in the country. I want the League and all fans of the NBA to be part of this incredible turnaround story. There is nothing else like it.”
Los Angeles and Staples Center are set to host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. The 2019 site has not been announced, though Charlotte is the leading contender to land the event after losing the 2017 All-Star Game. You can also expect Sacramento to receive extreme consideration for hosting the game in either 2020 or 2021.
The NBA announced its bid process and the specifications for host cities in January.
“Given the anticipation around the sparkling new state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena and our organization’s collective experience, expertise and organizational resources, we feel our group is uniquely qualified to host NBA All-Star weekend events,” said Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman for the Detroit Pistons via press release. “We’re proud of the collaborative effort put forth by our team along with our partners at Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Sports Commission and we’re excited by the future impact that NBA All-Star events could have on our community.”
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