The Pistons Partner with Wayne State on $25-Million basketball facility

May 01, 2019, 3:52 PM

Update, 3:42 p..m. Wedesday: Wayne State University makes it offical.

The school will combine with the Detroit Pistons to build a $25-million facility on the western edge of its athletic fields, the Detroit Free Press reports.

WSU's board gave its blessing to the deal.

Original post, earlier Wednesday afternoon: 

A proposal to be reviewed today by the Wayne State University Board of Governors would put a $25-million basketball facility at Warren and Trumbull.

The Detroit News has the scoop. Reportedly, the Detroit Pistons’ organization could play a big role:

The new facility also could be home to the Pistons’ Gatorade League professional team. Their current affiliate, the Drive, now plays at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids.

The Pistons have an agreement with the Drive through 2020-21, but the source indicated that if Wayne State’s Board of Governors approves the construction proposal, the Pistons could move their G-League team — whether it’s the Drive or an expansion team — to Midtown Detroit in time for the 2021-22 season.

Wayne State is paying for the construction and would own the facility, but according to the source, the Pistons would lease the facility for the G-League team’s home games in the league’s 50-game schedule.


Read more:  The Detroit News

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