Detroit Pistons finalizing deal to move downtown, sources say

Pistons would share new Little Caesars Arena with Red Wings

DETROIT – The lights for the construction crew around the new Little Caesars Arena are shining Wednesday, and when the new arena along Woodward is finished, it will likely host two home teams.

Detroit residents knew the Detroit Red Wings were getting a new home, but sources said on top of the ice expect some hardwood, as the Pistons could be coming home.

On the night when the Detroit Pistons opened their 2016-17 season, it sounds like they might move into the Little Caesars Arena. That has people thinking hell must have frozen over.

The deal isn't finalized, but Local 4 has learned there are just a few loose ends to tie up in the major deal. The construction company involved in the project was ordered to make changes to the blueprint, including the additional locker room space and some ground-floor seating to accommodate what could be the Detroit Pistons' trek back down I-75.

"(I'm) blown away," said Chase Lundin, who lives next to the arena. "I've heard rumors, but to hear that it's actually true is amazing."

Lundin has watched in amazement at what's sprouting up on Woodward Avenue. But many were only expecting to catch a hockey game and maybe a concert at the new venue.

Local 4 sources said if the deal goes through, the Pistons will open their next season downtown, making this the last year in Auburn Hills.

"It's a hike out to The Palace right now," Lundin said. "It's easier if you're downtown. You've got the Wings downtown, Tigers, Lions, and if you get the Pistons, it'll be that much better."

If the deal works out, all four professional Detroit teams will be within a four-block radius of each other. It's viewed as a win for downtown, Midtown and the people of Detroit.

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