PRESS RELEASE: Auburn Hills Reacts to Announcement of Palace Closing its Doors


Media contacts: Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6802;; Kyle Scislowicz, Media Communications Specialist, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6726; 

Auburn Hills, MI—August 24, 2017—Upon hearing the news that the Palace of Auburn Hills will be closing after its final concert on September 23, 2017, Mayor Kevin McDaniel indicates that while Auburn Hills is disappointed to see the shuttering of the Palace of Auburn Hills, we look forward to working with Palace representatives to establish the next best use for the property, should they elect to redevelop the site. 

“Auburn Hills is a sought after address for many high-tech companies. We have been very proactive, knowing that Auburn Hills is in high demand for companies involved in research and development. City Council recently rezoned this property to Technology & Research (T&R), should Mr. Gores decide to redevelop the site,” said Mayor McDaniel. 

Based upon reports, it appears that the Pistons practice facility will remain functioning for at least another season in Auburn Hills as will the executive offices located at the arena. As a result, this gives the City and Palace Sports & Entertainment plenty of time to work together to consider future opportunities at the site. 

“We are highly optimistic about what the future holds and we plan to collaborate with our partners for the best possible outcome. While no final decisions have been made about the future of the building, my colleagues on City Council and I have the utmost confidence in our leadership team to look at new and innovative opportunities for the site,” Mayor McDaniel concluded. 

About Auburn Hills 
The City of Auburn Hills is a distinguished leader in southeast Michigan. Home to approximately 23,000 residents, as well as a workday population of approximately 100,000, Auburn Hills continues to be a thriving global business address. It is home to over 70 international corporations and hosts the World and North American headquarters for numerous outstanding businesses such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Continental Automotive Systems, Faurecia, and BorgWarner. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award-winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at