Auburn Hills — Interest in the Pistons in a sports-heavy town is increasing after their active offseason — and fans have responded with their wallets so far.
Season-ticket sales are up from this point last season, especially the mini-plan (10-game package), and group sales, which have doubled to date, according to a team official.
The Pistons will hold their open practice Saturday at the Palace from 11 a.m. to 12:30, with doors opening at 10 and pre-scrimmage activities beginning at 10:15. Admission is free to the fans. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said it won’t be a vanilla experience from the basketball side of things.
“We’re not gonna hide anything,” Cheeks said. “We’ll practice a little bit, and then we’ll scrimmage. We’ll get some players out there to play and play competitive and let people see what we have.”
The first 500 fans will receive a free soft drink and can get a closer look at the team’s new alternate “Motor City” Jerseys, which can only be purchased on the team’s web site. Two participants can win a trip to next February’s All-Star Game.
Highlighting the team’s new talent and the athleticism of Andre Drummond and Josh Smith won’t be held back in the practice.
“We’re trying to get as many people to come to our games as possible,” Cheeks said.