Demolition begins on outside of The Palace of Auburn Hills

Posted at 8:59 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 12:21:07-05

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) — The former home of the Detroit Pistons is in the process of being torn down.

The Palace of Auburn Hills will be torn down to make way for corporate redevelopment.

Residents say it's bittersweet. The palace held a special place in the hearts of people who watched the Pistons play there, along with other special events.

"It is sad," said Dennis Haines from Shelby Township. "I took my son there to see the Globe Trotters once. A lot of memories of firsts for him. It is sad."

In December, crews began taking down lettering on the outside of the building as part of the six-month demolition project. The first phase also involved moving items inside the building.

Crews are now working to take down steel framing and concert walls ahead of demolition.

There are plans to turn the space into offices for research and technology. However, there is no timeline yet on when the rebuild will be happening.