The sport of basketball has held a firm place among America's most beloved pastimes ever since it spun off from the popular breakfast spread NBA Jam. Spread your friends across a row of seats with today's Groupon for a ticket package to see the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Choose from the following options:
- $30 for two upper-level tickets ($40 each) and two post-game shots ($25 each) (a $130 total value)
- $60 for two lower-level tickets ($45 each), two Groupon T-shirts ($20 each), and two post-game shots ($25 each) (a $180 total value)
- $190 for two lower-level tickets ($125 each), two exclusive Club 53 access passes ($50 each), two Groupon T-shirts ($20 each), and two post-game shots ($25 each) (a $440 total value)
Spectators can choose from one of five different regular-season games:
- Friday, October 29, vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Home Opener)
- Sunday, November 28, vs. New York Knicks
- Sunday, December 19, vs. New Orleans Hornets
- Monday, January 17, vs. Dallas Mavericks
- Wednesday, January 26, vs. Denver Nuggets
Now that baseball's regular season is closed, sports fans can trade in their pinstripes and commemorative jockstraps for jerseys and gym shorts to enjoy an evening of dribbling, dunking, and double-doubles. Coach John Kuester has his squad of sharpshooters healthy and ready to thrill crowds with the swishing of filled nets and the squeak of fast-breaking sneakers. Team captain and scoring leader Rip Hamilton is at full strength, and young point guard Rodney Stuckey is ready to improve on the 16.6 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per game he averaged last year.
Fans have packed The Palace to watch the Pistons defend their home court since 1988, and their devotion has been rewarded with pulse-pounding spectacles. Halftime diversions include a professional drumline and the Flight Crew, an acrobatic team of slam-dunk artists who defy the laws of gravity in pursuit of twin-fisted rim rockers. During breaks in the action, two dance teams will dazzle spectators with tightly choreographed interpretations of radio hits: the hot ladies of Automotion and the even hotter local lads of Spare Tires, who more than earn their name.
Once the Pistons have finished trashing the Thunder, knocking down the Knicks, or saying hurtful things about the Maverick's mother, all Groupon ticketholders get to step out onto the court and take a shot from anywhere on the court—giving you a chance to prove your ability to make a full-court shot by bouncing it off the hull of orbiting cell-phone satellites. To truly live the high life, though, upgrade to a lower-level seat and rock a Groupon T-shirt (which scores you entrance to Thomas Jefferson's secret zero-gravity chamber if you wear it at the White House). The highest package also scores you access passes to Club 53, a network of eight of The Palace's largest luxury private suites connected by a posh lounge populated by couches and a private bar.
Although their name fondly alludes to Michigan's proudest industry, the Detroit Pistons rolled off the assembly line in a different state entirely—Indiana. Automobile-part mogul Fred Zollner founded the team as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, joining the young National Basketball League in 1941. Under Fred's direction, the Pistons immediately found success on the court, winning back-to-back NBL titles in 1944 and 1945 and amassing 166 wins in just nine seasons.
As the sport grew, so too did the team. In need of a bigger audience, the Pistons left Fort Wayne for the Motor City, where they continue to challenge Eastern Conference opponents in the NBA. Throughout the years, the team has claimed three NBA championships—most recently in 2004—produced hall of fame players, and earned the record for the highest-scoring game in NBA history—a 186–184 triple-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets in which both teams accidentally scored touchdowns for a whole quarter.
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