New downtown arena still can't help Detroit Pistons increase attendance

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It looks like a move downtown hasn’t helped the Detroit Pistons fill seats.


The Pistons currently rank dead last for the percentage of seats sold out of all 30 NBA teams, selling only 76 percent of seats at Little Caesars Arena. The team fared only a little better in the 2017-2018 season, ranking 29th and selling 82.9 percent of seats.

The figure follows the decision made late last year by LCA to replace all red seats with black ones, which noticeably brought attention to the emptiness of the stadium during events. The change came only about a year after the $863 million stadium opened.


In a social media survey conducted by Metro Times in 2017, readers shared their thoughts about factors that deter them from heading downtown. Among those reasons, readers cited the commute from the suburbs, poor team performance, as well as expensive ticket prices and refreshments.


Jessica D'Alfonso is a spring editorial intern at Metro Times.

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