Detroit Pistons Open Practice Set for October 2

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Pistons will host an open practice inside the Oakland University Athletic Center Arena (The O'Rena) on Thursday, October 2 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Admission is free for all fans and Oakland University students and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to park in the Oakland University Athletic Center Arena parking structure or at the Vandeberg Hall parking area.

Pistons players will practice on the court beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oakland University students attending the open practice will have an opportunity to compete in a special contest between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. One male and one female winner will be determined and both will receive a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of their books for the winter semester. Specially priced tickets for Pistons opening night on October 29 will also be offered to Oakland University students and faculty.

"The open practice is a great event where our fans can come out and get a preview of this year's team," said Joe Dumars, Pistons President of Basketball Operations. "Having the practice free to the public is a great way to kick-off training camp and get the community excited about the upcoming season."

The event will feature a number of exciting opportunities for those in attendance. Fans will get their first look at the 2008-09 Pistons Dance Team "Automotion" and see the high-flying antics of Pistons mascot Hooper and the Flight Crew.

For more information on the Pistons Open Practice, call 248-377-0100 or log onto www.pistons.com.