Pistons Overview

Fast facts

League: Eastern Conference Central Division

Head Coach: Monty Williams

Team Mascot: Hooper

Year Opened: 2017

Capacity: 20332

City / State: Detroit / Michigan

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Pistons vs Bulls

Rival Team: Chicago Bulls

The Pistons-Bulls rivalry dates back to the 1980s when Michael Jordan and company squared off against the Bad Boys. The two teams met in the playoffs four years in a row from 1988 to 1991, and the Pistons even developed a famous strategy for beating Jordan known as the “Jordan Rules.” The rivalry remains one of the most hotly contested to this day thanks to the Pistons and Bulls sharing the Central Division. If you want to attend a high stakes game at Little Caesars, then make sure to circle the Bulls games on your calendar.

Pistons vs Pacers

Rival Team: Indiana Pacers

The Pistons and Pacers have been rivals for years and in 2004 things boiled over during what is now known as The Malice in Little Caesars. The brawl is one of the most infamous and ugliest moments in NBA history. Whenever these two Central Division rivals get together there will be plenty of bad blood, so make sure you’re in attendance for these hotly contested matchups.

Pistons vs Cavaliers

Rival Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

The Pistons and Cavs have been divisional rivals since 1978. However, things didn’t heat up between them until 2006 when the two squared off in the playoffs. The two teams met in the playoffs three times from 2006 to 2009 building a strong feud. If you want to see some of the most hotly contested games the Central has to offer then get tickets to a Pistons-Cavs game.

Pistons Stadium Guide

In Game

The Palace of Auburn Hills was one of the first modern NBA arenas when it was built in 1988, and it still stands up today. The Palace provides a great in-game experience that will keep you entertained and engaged throughout. The Pistons in game entertainment is spectacular with both the dance team and drumline providing excellent performances. The arena’s PA announcer is also among the best in the business and will get everyone in the crowd pumped up and cheering for the Pistons.

The fans at The Palace also play a significant role in making a trip to Detroit an enjoyable experience. There are plenty of diehard fans throughout the Motor City, and you’ll find them occupying The Palace on game days, so don’t be afraid to talk shop with those sitting around you.

The concessions inside The Palace are also top notch as well. There is a wide variety of food and drink here, and you’ll even be able to grab some local favorites as well. Make sure to check out the Maplewood BBQ, The Linkery, or Craft Brewhouse if you’re looking for premium food and drink options.

Finally, Pistons tickets go for low prices on the secondary market meaning you have no excuse not to make the trek out to Auburn Hills when visiting the Motor City.

Things to check out

Pistons Locker Room Store

If you’re looking to grab some swag then the Pistons Locker Room Store is the place to do so. You’ll be able to find any Pistons gear you could imagine here, so make sure to stop by and pick up a souvenir.

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Championship Banners and Retired Numbers

The Pistons have numerous banners hanging from the rafters commemorating their championships and all-time greats. Love them or hate them, the Pistons have had some of the greatest players and teams in NBA history so make sure to check these out.

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Palace 360

The new state of the art Palace 360 scoreboard system is one of the most impressive in the NBA. Thanks to this new scoreboard system you’ll be able to keep track of the game no matter where you are in the arena.

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Luxury Suites

The Palace was one of the first NBA arenas to feature an abundance of luxury suites, so enjoy the game in style by renting one. Those of you looking for a premium in game experience will without a doubt find one here in Detroit.

John Mason

Not only is John Mason one of the best PA announcers in the NBA, but he is also the creator of the Pistons famed Deee-troit basketball chant. His player introductions will give you goose bumps, so come prepared to get pumped up.

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Pistons fans love Hooper, and it will become apparent why during your visit to The Palace. Hooper gets into lots of fun shenanigans during the game, so keep your eye out for him.

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Pistons Entertainment Team

This group of talented men and women provide fantastic in-game entertainment through a variety of dance routines. You’ll be wowed by the Pistons Entertainment Team as you’ll never know what moves they’ll pull off next.

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Pistons Drumline

The Pistons Drumline puts on an incredible show that will keep you entertained during the stoppages in play. The drumline will also get you pumped up and ready to cheer on the Pistons so stay in your seats, so you don’t miss their performances.

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Theme Nights

The Pistons offer three theme nights over the weekend giving you extra incentive to enjoy weekend games. These themes include Friday Night Out, Super Saturdays, and Motor City Sundays.

Fight Songs

  1. Deee-troit Basketball

    There are few chants around the NBA that resonate with a fanbase as much as the Deee-troit Basketball chant. Come prepared to belt out this chant along with the Pistons PA announcer John Mason during your trip to Detroit.

    Deee-troit basketball!

    Deee-troit basketball!

    Deee-troit basketball!

  2. Pump It Up Pistons

    P-p-pump it up (Pistons)
    P-p-pump it up (D-D-Detroit Pistons)
    P-p-pump it up (P-P-Pistons)
    P-p-pump it up

    Do it Detroit, keep the crowd roarin’
    From New York, Chicago to Portland
    Pump it Pistons this jam for you
    Show the world what the real Bad Boys can do
    We swept the Lakers in four
    Now we’re back to take the title once more
    ‘Cause we’re bad (and by bad but good??)
    Hammer time so let’s make it understood
    They wanna get beat, victory is sweet
    The score don’t lie and the refs don’t cheat
    We’re the (??), yeah we love comp
    Bring on the best and watch ’em get stomped
    By the World Champions, number one
    In Detroit we get the job done
    With a slam dunk, we’re playing to win
    And after this year we’re gonna do it again


    Jump ball, tip to Isiah
    Superstar, under par (??), all around playa
    Fake the pass, give it the dance
    Fingerroll, count it for two
    How does he do it? Only god knows
    Vinnie Johnson, the Microwave
    Heats up the J, he’ll burn you for days
    Laimbeer with a money back guarantee
    A killer in the paint, hitman for three
    The Spider, the glider, Salley on the slam
    Stop him with the shot block, knock it to the next man
    Dumars droppin’ the bomb
    Star Wars, a three-point alarm (??)
    Aguirre’s on fire, Rodman on D
    Edwards in the center, throwing down for me
    With a slam dunk, you know you can’t touch this
    Back to back, you’re about to get dusted


  3. Three Peat Beat

Pistons Bars & Restaurants

  1. Culver’s


    Fast-food chain specializing in frozen custard & signature burgers made with Midwest beef & dairy.

    700 Twelve Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Papa Romano’s

    Papa Romanos

    Takeout-focused local chain offering pizza with varied crust options, plus subs, wings & more.

    740 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  3. Buddys Pizza

    Buddys Pizza

    Their Sicilian Style of pepperoni under our famous Wisconsin Brick cheese and sauce on top makes for a true Award-Winning Detroit Original!

    17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  4. Old Shillelagh

    The Bird Bar and Grill beer

    Iconic bi-level Irish pub offers classic decor & live music, plus a game-night shuttle to stadiums.

    349 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    european - $

  5. Harry’s Detroit

    Harrys Detroit bar drinks

    Sports bar known for pre-game pub grub eats offers a free shuttle to events & a covered roof deck.

    2482 Clifford St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  6. Sweetwater Tavern

    Sweetwater Tavern

    Sweetwater's menu offers choices for every mood or inclination

    400 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Detroiter Bar

    Detroiter Bar

    Tavern serving Greek-accented fare & beer pitchers in a space with a local crowd & a casual vibe.

    655 Beaubien St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    european - sportsbar - $

  8. Detroit Beer Company

    Detroit beer CO

    The historic setting, combined with state-of-the-art brewing technology and 21st century finishes provides a unique dining experience.

    1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  9. Cornerstone Barrel House

    Cornertstone Barrel House

    Cornerstone Barrel House is a locally owned restaurant and whiskey bar that features fresh local food and is serving a variety of special bourbon and whiskey drinks.

    1456 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Cliff Bell’s


    Swanky, restored art deco club serves creative, eclectic fare with live jazz on stage nightly.

    2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  11. Town Pump Tavern

    Town Pump Taverm beer burger fries

    Traditional pub that serves burgers & draft beers.

    2233 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Hockeytown Café

    Hockeytown Cafe

    High-energy pub packed with big-screens & Red Wings memorabilia.

    2301 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  13. Nemo’s Bar


    Compact, old-school sports tavern that features photos of sports page clippings.

    1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  14. Park Bar

    The park bar beer

    Detroit's Park Bar is famous for giving Detroit sports fans the most memorable experiences.

    2040 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  15. Red Smoke Barbecue

    Red Smoke Barbeque

    Slow-cooked chicken, pork, brisket, back ribs and spare ribs are smoked over Hickory and Applewood.

    573 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  16. PizzaPapalis


    PizzaPapalis specializes in Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.

    519 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$

  17. Elwood

    JD Allisons Bar & Grill Burger JRs HOmetown Grill & Pub Burger The Dotte Spot Bar & Grill Burger Jewels Delux Restaurant Burger

    Classic 1930's diner for post-game eats in Detroit, Michigan.

    300 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  18. Joe Muer Seafood

    Joe Muer Seafood

    Experience the best.

    400 Renaissance Center #1404, Detroit, MI 48243, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  19. Buddy’s Rendezvous Pizzeria

    Buddys Pizza

    Buddy’s Pizza has been serving up the original Detroit-style square pizza since opening its doors in 1946.

    17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $$

  20. Roast

    Michael Symons Roast

    After-work throngs descend on the restaurant’s bar area, drawn by the space’s laid-back elegance, its great beer and wine selection, including craft cocktails, a convivial networking scene, and that peerless happy hour menu.

    1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  21. Jacoby’s

    Jacobys beer

    Serving German cuisine to Detroiters for over a hundred years!

    624 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$