Pistons, Bulls to play NBA game in Paris in 2023

First trip to France for the Pistons

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DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons are heading to Paris next season for a game with their division rival Chicago Bulls.

The event is part of a six game slate of regular season matchups being played in Paris during the 2022-2023 NBA season. The Pistons have played internationally before, in London and in Mexico City, but this will be their first trip to Paris. The Pistons and Bulls will play at the Accor Arena in Paris on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023.

The NBA Paris Game 2023 will mark the first NBA game in Europe since 2020 and the league’s 12th game in France since 1991. The NBA Paris Game 2020 – the first regular-season NBA game in Paris – took place Jan. 24, 2020, and featured the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks.

NBA games and programming have aired in France since the 1984-85 season, and the league played its first game in France in 1991.

“The Detroit Pistons organization is excited to take on the Chicago Bulls and play our first-ever game in France.  Playing a regular-season game in Paris will be a great experience for our players and coaches and we look forward to showcasing Detroit Basketball to an international audience,” said Pistons GM Troy Weaver.

Deputy Mayor in Charge of Sport for the City of Paris Pierre Rabadan said: “The City of Paris is extremely proud to host these two iconic teams in the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons.  This is an exciting match-up that brings to mind the historic showdown between these Eastern Conference franchises.  Basketball fans in France have been looking forward to seeing a game of this magnitude again, and I would like to thank our NBA partners for once again choosing Paris for this regular-season game.  Paris vibrates with the sport of basketball all year long and this major event will contribute to further developing what is such a dynamic sport, so I have no doubt Parisians will be excited by this news.”

Tickets for The NBA Paris Game 2023 will go on sale at a later date.  Fans can register their interest in tickets and gain access to presale information and more by visiting NBAEvents.com/ParisGame.


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