Detroit Pistons : Joe Dumars Needs To Please Fans With Better Team

By John Raffel

The Detroit Pistons are doing plenty of things to try to increase attendance for home games at The Palace.

But, like with any NBA team, the way the basketball team performs is going to make the difference.

Attendance at The Palace for Piston games have declined in the last three seasons since the team started missing the playoffs.

For the 2010 season, the average attendance was 16,660 fans. That dipped to 14,413 the following year.

The decline in attendance came even though the fans were entertained with halftime concerts, dance teams and other lavish forms of entertainment that Pistons officials were probably hoping would cover for the lackluster performances during the actual game. A better basketball team this season would likely improve that attendance number.

But Pistons management is taking no chances.

On opening night, for instance, tickets will cost as low as $10, quite a bargain for an NBA game. Since the season opener is Oct. 31 at home against the Houston Rockets, it was a no-brainer to have pregame  trick-or-treating in one of The Palace’s pavilions.

Mondays will feature halftime musical entertainment and automobile displays. Another unique event will be Wednesday’s when various players, coaches and trainers will be miked during pregame warmups. Halftime performers will also be miked up. The arena will have new Twitter boards giving fans a chance to tweet their various comments.

Friday will be called “party night” and will feature more halftime concerts.

That’s just a small sample of what the Pistons are doing to try to bring fans is very similar to what’s going on in the rest of the NBA. But when you’re losing and your fans stop showing up, it’s time to pull out all the stops.

But it will still boil down to how good of a job general manager Joe Dumars does in putting a playoff caliber team on the floor.

If Dumars does a good job, the fans will come. If he doesn’t…then it’s time for more dancing girls and halftime concerts

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