Mad Ants Announce Pistons Night in Fort Wayne

To celebrate Fort Wayne's long relationship with the Detroit Pistons, the Mad Ants are announcing Pistons Night in Fort Wayne, as the Mad Ants face the Dakota Wizards on Thursday, December 13, at 7:00p.m.

For those unable to make it to Detroit, fans will be able to enjoy almost everything they could see at a Pistons game in Detroit – players wearing the Pistons' jerseys, the "Automotion" dance team, the Flight Crew, the "Palace Patrol", Hooper the Mascot, and plenty of Pistons' and Mad Ants' giveaways. Beyond the great entertainment, fans will get to see some of the best young basketball talent in the world fighting it out for supremacy in the hotly-contested Central Division.

To further commemorate this special evening, the Mad Ants are excited to offer fans wearing either Pistons' or Mad Ants' gear half off their admission to the game.

The Mad Ants will also be putting their three game winning streak on the line this Sunday, December 9, against their Central Division rival, the Iowa Energy. The Ants are led by reigning D-League Performer of the Week Jeremy Richardson, who is averaging 28.4 points and 7 rebounds per game. Former IU standouts Rod Wilmont and Earl Calloway are making big impacts as rookies, averaging 17.8 and 15.6 points per game respectively. Iowa features Chicago Bulls assignee JamesOn Curry, who contributes 22.5 points per game for the Energy.

For tickets to this Sunday's game or to Pistons Night in Fort Wayne on Thursday, December 13, please contact the Mad Ants offices at (260) 469-4667 or the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum box office at (260) 483-1111.

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