Palace Of Auburn Hills Implosion

WWJ News
July 10, 2020 - 12:32 pm

(WWJ) It will be a final farewell to the Palace of Auburn Hills this weekend — and it's going out with a bang.

In the next phase of the demolition, a planned implosion is set for Saturday morning for the remaining roof structure and columns of the once grand arena.

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Livonia-based Schostak Brothers & Company Inc., which bought the land and building, and representatives from the City of Auburn Hills will be on hand as 800 pounds of dynamite is used at 6 Championship Dr., off Lapeer Road near I-75.  

Much of the building, where the Detroit Pistons played for nearly 30 years, has already been torn down.

After months of cleanup, developers are then expected to build research and development offices on the site.  

“The Palace of Auburn Hills served as the backdrop to thousands of concerts and sporting events and has been an important part of the Metro Detroit fabric for many years.  Implosion of the roof structure and columns advances preparation for future redevelopment of the surrounding land and marks the beginning of an exciting new era," said Jeffrey Schostak, president of Schostak Brothers & Company Inc., in a news release.

"The expansive and innovative development to come will bring hundreds of jobs and fresh opportunities for growth in a great part of Southeast Michigan. We’re honored to look toward the future and ensure this next chapter is established with the needs of our community in mind.”

If you want to watch, stay back a ways. Officials say only those on the entrance list will be permitted to enter the site, with masks and social distancing required.

The Palace opened in August of 1988 and held its final event in October of 2017. The Pistons played their 1989, 1990 and 2004 Championship games there, eventually moving out into Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit after the 2016-17 season.