Bob Seger is scheduled to perform the last concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, which has confirmed it is closing after 29 years.
Three events remain on the Palace calendar: a Tim McGraw-Faith Hill concert Sept. 8, a bridal expo Sept. 10 and the Sept. 23 Seger show.
The closing of the city’s major arena – which has hosted everyone from Garth Brooks and Beyonce to the Detroit Pistons – ends the run of a facility that, due to millions spent on renovations and upgraded amenities, is still in tip-top shape, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Even so, a decision by the Pistons to move to the Detroit Red Wings’ new Little Caesars Arena has hastened the arena’s closing. Palace owners, at the time the move was announced last year, declined to comment, leaving in place hope that the arena would go on, the Free Press report says.
The proverbial nail in the coffin apparently happened last month, when the Pistons finalized their lease agreement with the Red Wings and agreed to a joint venture uniting their competing entertainment operations, Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Ilitches’ Olympia Entertainment. A key part of the deal mandated that the Palace could not compete with Little Caesars Arena for event bookings, sources told the publication.
The Palace will probably to be sold and redeveloped into a high-tech research park, as previously reported by the Free Press. But that remains to be seen, since the Pistons’ practice facility, adjacent to the arena, may be needed for two seasons as players and staff await construction of a new one near Little Caesars Arena.
Billionaire investor Tom Gores will have to decide. He bought the Palace, the Pistons and related operations from the family of the late Bill Davidson. Davidson broke ground on the $90-million Palace in 1986.
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