THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS, commonly referred to as THE PALACE, is a
defunct multi-purpose arena located in
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Auburn Hills, Michigan , which
is a suburb of
Detroit . It served as the home of the
National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association (NBA), the
Detroit Shock of the
National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association (WNBA), the
Detroit Vipers of
the International Hockey League , the
Detroit Safari of the
Continental Indoor Soccer League , and the
Detroit Fury of the Arena
Football League .
* 1 History
* 1.1 Basketball
* 1.2 Notable concerts
* 1.3 Malice at the Palace
* 1.4 Future
* 2 Facility information
* 3 Banners
* 4 See also
* 5 References
* 6 External links
From 1957 to 1978, the Pistons competed in Detroit's Olympia Stadium
, Memorial Building , and Cobo Arena . In 1978, owner Bill Davidson
elected not to share the new
Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena with the
Wings , and instead chose to relocate the team to the Pontiac
Silverdome , a venue constructed for football , where they remained
for the next decade. While the Silverdome could accommodate massive
crowds, it offered substandard sight lines for basketball viewing. In
late 1985, a group led by Davidson decided to build a new arena in
Auburn Hills. Groundbreaking for the arena took place in June 1986.
Using entirely private funding, The Palace cost a relatively low price
of $90 million. The Davidson family held a controlling interest in
the arena until
Tom Gores bought it as part of his purchase of the
Pistons in 2011.
The Palace opened in 1988. When one of The Palace's basketball
occupants won a championship, the number on its address changed. Its
current address is 6 Championship Drive, reflecting the Pistons' three
NBA titles and the
Detroit Shock's three WNBA titles (the Detroit
Vipers' 1997 Turner Cup championship has not been officially
recognized in the arena's address; the address also remained unchanged
despite the Shock's move to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2010; they moved to
Dallas, Texas in 2016, and are now known as the
Dallas Wings ). The
original address was 3777 Lapeer Road.
Sting performed during his
...Nothing Like the Sun
...Nothing Like the Sun Tour on August 13,
1988, becoming the very first musical act to perform at The Palace.
Michael Jackson performed three consecutive sold–out shows, during
his Bad World Tour on October 24–26, 1988, in front of 70,000
people, becoming the first music artist to sell out The Palace more
than two nights in a row.
The Cure performed two consecutive shows, during their Wish Tour on
July 18–19, 1992, with The Cranes as their opening act. The shows
were recorded and released as a live album, entitled Show .
Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk Railroad performed a benefit show for the nation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina in March 1997 during their Reunion Tour. The show also
Peter Frampton ,
Alto Reed ,
Paul Shaffer , and the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra . The performance was recorded, and released as the
double-live Bosnia album in October of that year.
Demi Lovato performed a show at the Palace on March 13, 2014, for her
Neon Lights Tour
Neon Lights Tour . The show was recorded for a
The Palace was the site of an assassination attempt on Led Zeppelin
Jimmy Page , while he was on tour, with former band mate
Robert Plant , during their
No Quarter Tour. On March 31, 1995, Lance
Alworth Cunningham, a 23-year-old, who thought that
Led Zeppelin music
contained "satanic messages", tried rushing the stage with a knife. He
waited until the song "Kashmir " started and then made his charge for
the stage, waving the weapon. The man was tackled by patrons and
security about 50 feet from the stage.
Madonna performed two sold–out shows during her Drowned World Tour
on August 25–26, 2001. The shows were recorded and broadcast live on
HBO and were later released as a DVD, entitled
Drowned World Tour
Drowned World Tour 2001
The Palace played host to the politically motivated Vote for Change
Tour on October 3, 2004, featuring performances by
My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket ,
Jurassic 5 ,
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and headliner The
Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band , with unannounced guest
Neil Young .
MALICE AT THE PALACE
On November 19, 2004, a fight broke–out between members of the
Detroit Pistons and
Indiana Pacers . As the on-court fight died
down, a fan threw a cup of
Diet Coke at Pacers forward Ron Artest ,
who then rushed into the crowd, sparking a melee between players and
spectators. The fight resulted in the suspension of nine players,
criminal charges against five players, and criminal charges against
five spectators. The offending fans were banned from attending games
at The Palace. In the aftermath of the fight, the NBA decided to
increase the security presence between players and spectators. The
fact that the fight took place at
The Palace of Auburn Hills
The Palace of Auburn Hills led to it
becoming colloquially referred to as "Malice at the Palace" and
The Palace was also the site of a brawl between the WNBA's Shock and
Sparks on July 21, 2008.
In October 2016, it was reported that the Pistons' ownership were
negotiating a possible relocation to
Little Caesars Arena
Little Caesars Arena , a new
multi-purpose venue located in Midtown
Detroit built by Olympia
Entertainment to replace
Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena as home of the NHL's Detroit
Red Wings, as soon as the 2017–18 season. On November 22, 2016,
the team officially announced that the Pistons would play at Little
Caesars Arena in 2017. The final NBA game at The Palace was played
on April 10, 2017, with the Pistons losing to the
Washington Wizards ,
105-101. On August 24, 2017, it was announced that
Bob Seger would
hold the final concert at the venue on September 23, 2017. The last
scheduled event at the venue was the Taste of Auburn Hills on October
12, 2017. Palace Sports & Entertainment entered into a joint venture
with Olympia known as
313 Presents to jointly manage entertainment
bookings and promotions for
Little Caesars Arena
Little Caesars Arena and other venues
owned by the firms.
Then-Pistons owner William Davidson and two developers privately
financed the $90 million construction of The Palace, and did not
require public funds.
The Palace was built with 180 luxury suites , considered an
exorbitant number when it opened, but it has consistently managed to
lease virtually all of them. In December 2005, the Palace added five
underground luxury suites, each containing 450 square feet (42 m2) of
space and renting for $450,000 per year. Eight more luxury suites,
also located below arena level, were opened in February 2006. They
range in size from 800 to 1,200 square feet (74 to 111 m2) and rent
for $350,000 annually. The architectural design of the Palace,
including its multiple tiers of luxury suites, has been used as the
basis for many other professional sports arenas in North America since
its construction, including the
Canadian Tire Centre
Canadian Tire Centre in
Ottawa , also
designed by Rossetti Associates.
The Palace was widely considered to be the first of the modern-style
NBA arenas, and its large number of luxury suites was a major reason
for the building boom of new NBA arenas in the 1990s. Although the
Palace got to be one of the oldest arenas in the NBA, its foresighted
design contained the amenities that most NBA teams have sought in new
arenas built since that time. By contrast, of the other NBA venues
that opened in 1988-89,
Amway Arena ,
Charlotte Coliseum , and Miami
Arena have been demolished, while the
Bradley Center and Sleep Train
Arena are either slated for replacement or already replaced but
standing. All of these arenas were rendered obsolete by the lack of
luxury suites and club seating , lucrative revenue-generating features
that made pro sports teams financially successful in order to remain
competitive long-term, and also being located in suburban rather than
downtown areas (The Palace, however, remained one of the successful
Nonetheless, Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS however, Davidson's
signature, along with the retired numbers, were removed from the
Tom Gores took over ownership of the Palace, and were
re-retired instead atop the Palace rafters as replacement banners.
By the time it closed as an NBA venue, the Palace was one of only two
arenas which had not sold its naming rights to a corporate sponsor.
The other was
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden . The Palace was one of eight
basketball arenas owned by their respective NBA franchises.
In 2008, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the arena, it was
announced that The Palace would be raising banners to the ceiling for
musical acts that have had multiple sold-out shows at venues owned by
Palace Sports & Entertainment.
Bon Jovi was the first to get a banner,
in February, followed by
Neil Diamond , in July. In addition, these
artists received banners outside the building on lightpoles along with
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