Originally written on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 11/6/14
The Detroit Pistons are a terrible basketball team, but even with that fact in mind, their home attendance figures are still somewhat shocking. Reports the Detroit News: “Man, I am shocked by this,’ said Norman, who said he attends 10 Pistons games a year. ‘There is nobody here. But I knew something was up even before I got in the building. We were driving up to The Palace and the parking lot was empty. I was like, ‘Wow.’ The Pistons (2-8) are not the big story at The Palace. The real story is how fans are staying away. Many want to blame backlash from the NBA lockout, however the NBA is reporting that attendance figures are up from over a year ago. Chris Granger, NBA executive vice president, said NBA attendance through the first 32 games was up 8.7 percent compared to last season. That is not happening at The Palace. The Pistons average just 11,710 fans per game, which is the lowest since 1981-82 when the Pistons averaged 9,910 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome during Isiah Thomas’ ...
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