Tom Gores continues to make changes to the amenities at the Palace of Auburn Hills. From Bill Shea of Crain’s Detroit:
Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports and Entertainment LCC may slash the number of suites of The Palace of Auburn Hills to 80 skyboxes from the current 178, according to a new report.
The plan would be to convert suite space on the penthouse level of the Detroit Pistons’ home into a restaurant, social media gathering sites and a sports hall of fame, the Sports Business Journal reported.
The suites targeted are on the highest level at The Palace, typically leased on a game-by-game basis and difficult to sell, the report said.
After 11 home games this season, the struggling Pistons (4-18) are averaging 12,619 fans a game, worst in the 30-team National Basketball Association.
No final determination has been made on whether the plan will go ahead or how much it would cost, according to the story.
“We just have too much (suite) inventory. Changing those suites will be rated against numerous capital-intense projects we are reviewing,” Palace President Dennis Mannion told the sports industry publication.
I’m sure that people making those decisions are way smarter about that sort of thing than I am, but I have seriously never heard of a pro sports team complaining about having too many luxury suites. I always thought the number of suites was one of the reasons the Palace is still considered a state of the art facility despite its age.