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From a team release:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club will open their eight-game 2010 preseason schedule at the Miami HEAT on Tuesday, October 5 (7:30 p.m.).

Three of the team’s eight games will be played at The Palace, featuring contests against the Milwaukee Bucks (October 8), Atlanta Hawks (October 11) and Memphis Grizzlies (October 22).  Tickets for all pre-season home games at The Palace will go on sale Monday, August 16 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at The Palace Box Office (248-377-0100), online at www.pistons.com and at all TicketMaster outlets.

“There is always a sense of excitement to start a new season and we look forward to this year’s slate of preseason contests,” said Dan Hauser, Executive Vice President with Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Pistons.  “Playing in the Toledo market for the first time since 1989 and once again visiting Grand Rapids for the Meijer Basketball Classic gives fans in and around our area the opportunity to experience Detroit Basketball first hand.”

The Pistons will make their eighth consecutive trip to Grand Rapids to play in The Meijer Basketball Classic at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday, October 13 against the Dallas Mavericks (7:00 p.m.). Tickets for the Meijer Basketball Classic will go on sale Friday, September 10 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Van Andel Arena Box Office and at all TicketMaster outlets.

This year the Pistons will host the Washington Wizards in a second off-site home preseason contest at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH on Tuesday, October 19 (7:00 p.m.).  The game will feature two of the top picks in the 2010 NBA Draft with Washington’s John Wall (selected No. 1 overall) and Detroit’s Greg Monroe (selected No. 7 overall) expected to participate.  It also marks the first time in 21 years that the Pistons have hosted a preseason game in Toledo.  Tickets for the game will go on sale Friday, August 20 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Huntington Center Box Office and at all TicketMaster outlets.

“We are excited to host NBA basketball at the Huntington Center,” said Steve Miller, General Manager of the Huntington Center. “It’s been a long time since the NBA has been in Toledo, but we hope all basketball fans will come and welcome the Detroit Pistons back in Toledo on October 19.  We are proud to partner with the Detroit Pistons and hope to grow our relationship in the future.”   

Television and radio broadcast schedules for all preseason games will be announced at a later date.  Following is the Pistons 2010 preseason schedule (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

PISTONS 2010 PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
October 5       at Miami        American Airlines Arena 7:30 p.m.
October 8       Milwaukee       The Palace of Auburn Hills      7:30 p.m.
October 11      Atlanta         The Palace of Auburn Hills      7:30 p.m.
October 13      Dallas  Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI       7:00 p.m.
October 15      at Minnesota    Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY      7:30 p.m.
October 16      at Charlotte    Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC       6:30 p.m.
October 19      Washington      Huntington Center, Toledo, OH   7:00 p.m.
October 22      Memphis The Palace of Auburn Hills      7:30 p.m.

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