Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the Pistons game and Club 300, with no obligation to write about my experience or compensation. All opinions are based on my personal experience.
As a blogger, sometimes my life is like a fairy-tale. Anytime I have the chance to combine work, with my passions like sports, I feel like such a lucky duck. Last Saturday night, as I sat in AH-mazing seats watching the Detroit Pistons play the Phoenix Suns, was one of those moments. Not because I’m a Pistons fan, but because I love sports, and anytime I can watch a team play in their hometown, I’m pumped. Bonus for me, catching up with friends, one I hadn’t seen in seven years, and my blogger buddy Becky from Week 99er.
Speed demon Becky, got us to the game an hour before tip off, so we had plenty of time to chill and explore The Palace of Auburn Hills. I haven’t been to an NBA game in several years, so either things have really changed, or the Pistons just know how to throw a party. In the area they call “Power Hour”, located in the North Pavilion, open an hour before the game, there’s a DJ spinning beats. Best described as kind of a food court, it’s the perfect spot to people watch, enjoy a Crown and coke, share some wings from Bdubs, and meet friends.
But if you’re lucky enough to have club seats, you can order from the in-seat menu while watching the teams warm-up. Sounds a little boring, but Hooper the team’s mascot keeps it lively, with his crazy antics. And who doesn’t love seats where you can order anything from a specialty cocktail to a fresh kale and lemon salad?
Here’s the part where I admit, I don’t know anything about the Pistons players, the team’s win or loss record, etc., and my partner in crime Becky, isn’t even a sports fan. While I’m a sports fanatic, there was so much going on, that the game raced by in what felt like minutes, not hours.
I came to watch a basketball game, but saw so much more! We haven’t taken our kids to a lot of live sports games, because we worry about their attention spans, but I doubt that would be an issue at a Pistons game. From the Drumline, Mob Squad dance team, Air Hooper, and acrobatic Flight Team, there’s something for everyone.
After the first half, we headed up to the swanky Club 300 to experience craft beer night! I love trying new beers, and especially local brews. On that night. Founders Brewing Company was on hand with buckets of different brews to sample. I knew I loved their breakfast stout, but discovered a new fave with the Backwoods Bastard. Even though our seats were a lot further away from the action, we still had a great view!
For just a $45 fee, you can access Club 300 if you’re over 21. It’s a fun way to impress your friends, and live large for less. I definitely felt like a VIP as I rode up in the elevator, enjoyed access to private bathrooms, and enjoyed the complimentary snacks.
Live in Michigan or planning a trip to Detroit? Be sure and check out the upcoming promotions and entertainment at the Detroit Pistons games. This Friday, January 24, Grammy Award winning R&B artist Faith Evans will perform during halftime as the Detroit Pistons challenge New Orleans. Then, on February 21, Big & Rich is coming to your city, and will hit the stage at halftime!