The Detroit Pistons are moving back home. Since the 1978-79 NBA season, the Pistons have played their home games in Oakland County which is directly north of Detroit. As of November 22nd, 2016, the Pistons have announced their move back to Downtown Detroit. With the recent announcement, the city of the Detroit will be the only North American city to have four of its major sports team within a block radius.
The Pistons have also announced that they will donate $2.5 million to more than 60 Detroit basketball programs over the next 6 years. In addition, the Pistons are looking to help Detroit during it’s revitalization period. The following are just a few examples:
- The Pistons will employ Detroit residents in 51% of the construction jobs for their practice facility
- The team is looking to award at least 30% of the value of all construction contracts to Detroit-based companies.
- Pistons will partner with the Mayor’s Office to provide mentorship opportunities for young Detroiters.
- The team will host free youth basketball camps, clinics, and other events to promote youth basketball in Detroit.
This could be a huge opportunity for small business owners in downtown Detroit. With the four major sports team centered in the heart of the city, Detroit will attract more potential consumers.
We will keep you updated as development progresses with the new stadium. “Tom Gores and the Pistons will contribute tremendously toward the incredible, positive momentum underway in Detroit, making our city stronger,” said Ilitich Holding CEO Christopher Ilitich who helped announce the Pistons agreement with the city of Detroit.