Pistons fans can now get the Arnie Kander treatment at games

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The Pistons Greenlite drink now available at the Palace is a special recipe by Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander. (Photo: Patrick Hayes)

Note: This is one of three posts I’ll have today about facility upgrades at the Palace that were unveiled to media yesterday. Check back for the others later. – P.H.

Palace Sports and Entertainment unveiled several upgrades and changes to the Palace of Auburn Hills at a media event Nov. 13. The overarching theme of the changes, announced by Dennis Mannion, president and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment, was geared towards making the building more representative of the chief tenant, the Detroit Pistons, through the addition of blue and red color schemes and more art/interactive elements that celebrate both the history of the team and the current players.

But seriously, what is more ‘Pistons’ than team strenght and conditioning coach Arnie Kander? Kander, who has been with the team since 1992, has become famous around the NBA for both his unique training methods and nutritional supplements. Now, as part of the team’s new menu options, fans will actually get to try one of the drinks Kander uses as part of the team’s training regimen at games. Here’s the description:

The Pistons Greenlite drink, used as part of the training regiment by Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander and the Detroit Pistons team, is a unique blend of wheat grass, organic lemon and stevia that helps cleans the body. Pretzel and hummus chips, quinoa, kale and lentil salad and an assortment of smoothies will be served as part of The Training Table team-inspired options.

I tried the drink at yesterday’s event and it’s not bad. It’s kind of an ecto cooler color, which makes it look like it’s going to be really sweet, but it isn’t. It’s hard to describe exactly what it tastes like, other than very citrusy, but it’s definitely unique stadium food fare.

Here is a rundown of all of the new food options unveiled this season:

  • Training Table – Pistons Greenlite, kind bars, salads, smoothies, juices (in seat, concourse level at section 109)
  • Mac-a-Mania – Mac ‘n cheese with several mix ins (in seat, concourse level at section 105)
  • Gluten Free  – sandwiches, juices and beer (concourse level at section 109)
  • Dog Bowl – mini dog bowl with three mini coney dogs (concourse level at section 106)
  • Burger Bar – pastrami, Detroit breakdown burger, French fries, milkshakes (North Pavillion)
  • Ice Cream Stand – ice cream, sundaes, specialty cakes, cream puffs (concourse level at section 118)
  • Chicken and waffles and black bean burger (concourse level at section 110)
  • Chicken or steak Philly sandwiches (concourse level at section 103)
  • Desserts – red velvet cake, apple pie, carrot cake (in seat)
  • Drinks – martinis, blueberry and basil mojito (concourse level and 117 and bar 12)
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