The Detroit Pistons opened up their two thousand seventeen-eighteen season in new digs so to speak. The new Little Caesers downtown arena was site of their first home game. They defeated the Charolotte Hornets one hundred and two to ninety.
This arena is located in the downtown Detroit district. Far removed from their old home The Palace at Auburn Hills. The Little Caesars downtown arena will be used by the National Hockey League Detroit Red Wings as well.
What I could not help but notice was the fact there were quite a few empty seats in this arena that seats twenty one thousand people for National Basketball Association action and twenty thousand fans for National Hockey League action. This arena is actually the world’s second largest hockey arena. The official attendance for this first home game for the Detroit Pistons was listed as 20,491.
However, corporations like Quicken Loans were giving away free tickets. During the entire game the Little Caesers downtown arena was at least half empty. Attendance problems for the Detroit Pistons is nothing new.
Even at the Palace at Auburn Hills they were struggling attracting fans. This game was played in city of Detroit nearly forty years after this team moved away. Tobias Harris lead all scorers with twenty seven points.
Dwight Howard played his first game for the Charlotte Hornets and scored ten points. Detroit Pistons built an eleven point lead in the second quarter and cruised to a twelve point win. The Charlotte Hornets committed seventeen turnovers.
Detroit Pistons had just eight turnovers. Detroit had fourteen steals compared to Charlotte’s four. Interestingly, both teams had forty seven rebounds.
Dwight Howard grabbed fifteen rebounds for his new team. Detroit Pistons shot forty three percent from the field compared to the Hornets’ forty percent shooting. Charlotte actually outscored Detroit by twelve points at the free throw line, but still lost.
Aaron B. is the creator of Sports Recaps, host of the Sports Recaps podcast, and blogger at SportsRecaps.com. He grew up a huge sports fan in the Denver, Colorado area. Now he blogs about sporting events and creates recaps for you.