Thus far, the Detroit Pistons do not appear to be concerned about their low attendance numbers over their initial games at Little Caesars Arena.
With the new season came the hype surrounding a new arena for the Pistons, as the club made its debut at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. Their October 18 opener against the Charlotte Hornets was attended by an announced sell-out crowd of 20,491 fans, but attendance figures for subsequent games have been much lower. The Pistons drew 13,709 for Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by 13,790 on Wednesday for a matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The result is that the Pistons currently rank near the bottom in NBA attendance, and have a per-game average of 15,996 fans through three home games. However, as Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem tells it, the team has increased it ticket sales with the move to the arena. More from The Detroit Free Press:
But Tellem doesn’t seem worried.
He told reporters that ticket sales project 65% to 75% above last year’s totals.
He said the franchise sold 3,000 more season-ticket packages than last year, which is the third highest total in the NBA.
By comparison, the Pistons finished with a per-game average of 15,979 for the 2016-17 season, their final at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons’ next home game at Little Caesars Arena is slated for November 3, when they face the Milwaukee Bucks.
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