One thing new owner Tom Gores and his staff have made clear from the beginning is that they see the Palace of Auburn Hills and the Detroit Pistons as a premier entertainment destination.
And while the product on the court still has a long way to go before it could be called premier, the organization has infested heavily in making games more fun for a wider range of people. Last season they brought in famous musicians to sing a few songs during halftime. This year, they are doing that and so much more.
The team announced plans to have weekly theme nights for every day of the week except Thursday, a Halloween party to kick off the season, raffles, giveaways, autograph sessions and more.
But let's start with the theme nights, per a news release:
- Motown Mondays - Stars and Cars" - Mondays are a celebration of all things Detroit, including the region's affinity for automobiles and music. These nights will include halftime musical entertainment featuring Motown artists, automobile displays featuring vehicles from our present and past and discounts on Detroit-made food and beverage offerings.
- Tuesday nights at The Palace become "Two-sdays" - where fans can take advantage of the ultimate in great value. Selected concession items will be available for $2 or $2-off for the entire game and Palace Locker Room stores will offer two-for-one deals on specified merchandise.
- "Wired Wednesdays" - Wednesdays will bring fans closer to the action than ever before. Selected Pistons' players, coaches and trainers will be "mic'd up" during pregame warm-ups to provide inside access at an unprecedented level. In addition, entertainment teams will be "mic'd up" during the game, halftime performers will be "mic'd up" prior to hitting the stage and the arena's new Twitter boards will encourage fans to tweet comments about their in-arena experience.
- "Friday Night Out" - Every Friday night is a party night at The Palace. Whether it is a specific theme night such as "Super 70's," "I Love The 80's" or "Totally 90's," a party atmosphere will be felt throughout the night. DJs will play music during pregame in the West Atrium and Pavilion areas and themed halftime concerts will feature top musical talent and entertainment from Pistons performance teams.
- "Saturday Kids' Night - Kids' Appreciation" - Saturday nights are all about kids and family. Pregame entertainment will feature kid-friendly meet and greets with characters from Disney and Nickelodeon, face-painting and photo opportunities with Pistons entertainment teams. Halftime shows will include popular youth-oriented performers and youngsters can utilize the in-arena Twitter boards to request their favorite songs during time-outs.
- "Super Sunday - Friends & Family" - Every Sunday is fan appreciation day at The Palace. Fans in attendance will receive giveaway items, Pistons players, legends and entertainment teams will sign autographs during pregame and special merchandise will be given to lucky fans at each time-out during the game.
The team also announced a few pre-game enticements for the season -- "Pistons Power-Hour" an hour before each game where fans can sample food and drink, enjoy discounts, and nab some free swag; there will also be a 50-50 raffle for a chance to win some cold hard cash with proceeds benefiting the Come Together Foundation, the Pistons main charitable arm; and finally, what the team is calling an "Action Guide," a free program with souvenir posters and ways to win prizes each quarter.
The team also announced a special Halloween party during opening night against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 31 featuring all kinds of entertainment including trick or treat for the kiddies.