Little Caesars Arena was once again celebrated on Wednesday, when the Detroit Pistons played their first regular season game at the venue.
The new downtown Detroit facility has seen plenty of action in recent weeks, hosting a variety of concerts as well as games for the NHL’s Red Wings. The Pistons played their first preseason game there earlier this month, but Wednesday’s affair against the Charlotte Hornets marked a major milestone for the franchise.
After spending many years in the suburbs of Detroit–including the period from 1988-2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills–the Pistons are calling Little Caesars Arena their new home. For some fans, having the Pistons back in downtown Detroit is already proving to be a major advantage. More from The Detroit News:
About 200 fans came early to take in the festivities. The party kicked off at 3 p.m. in the arena plaza with giveaways, music and performances.
Kimani Kyles and his wife Christy, daughters Mackenzie, 11, and Kalia, 7. Kimani Kyles said he was happy to see the Pistons back downtown.
“This is much better than driving to The Palace, and it’ll get people back downtown,” Kyles said. “We really enjoy being here, who doesn’t? Really excited to get inside and see this new stadium.”
The night was a success on the court for the Pistons, who defeated the Hornets by a final of 102-90. This means that both of Little Caesars Arena’s major sports tenants debuted to victories, as the Red Wings’ first regular season game at the venue resulted in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
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