Early Arrival Suggested For Tonight’s Pistons vs Heat Sellout

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fans attending the Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat contest at The Palace tonight at 7:30 p.m. are encouraged to leave earlier for the venue than normal so as not to miss any of the game. Area traffic is anticipated to be heavier than usual due to Friday weekend traffic coupled by the sold-out status of tonight’s game.

The following alternative routes are suggested for Pistons fans:

  • Travelers coming from the south on I-75 Northbound or coming from the east on M-59 Westbound – Exit on Rochester Road. Take Rochester Road north to University Drive. Take University Drive west to Lapeer Road. Go north on Lapeer Road to The Palace.
  • Travelers coming from the north on I-75 Southbound – Exit on Joslyn Road (exit 83) North and follow the signs to The Palace.
  • Travelers coming from the west on M-59 Eastbound -- Turn north on Williams Lake Road (near Oakland-Pontiac Airport) which becomes Walton Boulevard. Follow Walton to Lapeer Road. Go north on Lapeer Road to The Palace.
To avoid delay, regardless of direction of travel, early arrival is encouraged. The Palace parking lot will open at 3 p.m. and admission to the building will begin at 6 p.m. Full concessions service will begin on the main concourse when doors open. Guests who wish to avoid the heavy rush of traffic at The Palace should plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before game time for tonight’s game.

There’s plenty to do for those who arrive early too, from perusing merchandise at the Locker Room Stores, getting in a pregame meal at the wide assortment of concession stands on the concourse or dining in at the Palace Grille, Caesars Windsor Club or Canadian Club Terrace located throughout the venue. Happy Hour drink specials are also available at select concession areas and bars inside The Palace from 6 - 7 p.m. There are also many activities taking place on the concourse, including silent auctions of various sports memorabilia, fan photo stations and the opportunity to shoot baskets at The Comcast Pistons Care Basketball Zone.

Fans can visit the Pistons Traffic and Parking Information page for further driving tip and suggestions.

PNC Bank, one of the nation’s largest financial holding companies, is the presenting sponsor for the Detroit Pistons. For more information about PNC Bank, please visit www.pncbank.com.