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Detroit Approves $34.5 million to Bring Pistons Downtown

The latest city to open up its coffers to support a professional sports team is Detroit, which will spend $34.5 million to support the Detroit Pistons in a move to the recently completed Little Caesars Arena.
June 21, 2017, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The Little Caesars Arena under construction in April 2017.
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"The Detroit City Council has approved $34.5 million in public funding for the Little Caesars Arena and Detroit Pistons move, despite passionate pleas from some residents to reconsider or scrap the deal altogether," reports Katrease Stafford.

"The approval comes more than half a year after negotiations first began between the city and the Pistons and hours after a late Monday night decision by a federal judge to deny an emergency injunction that sought to block the funding," adds Stafford. A separate article by Sarah Cwiek and Bryce Huffman provides more detail about the court ruling and the political debate surrounding the funding for the Pistons' move.

On the flip side of the story about the Pistons' new home is the fate of their old home—the Palace of Auburn Hills. John Gallagher wrote about the demise of that suburban anchor development in April 2017. In May, Gallagher also wrote about plans to add 686 residential units adjacent to the Little Caesars Arena

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Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Detroit Free Press
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