Built in 1986 and opened in 1988, The Palace of Auburn Hills was home to not just the Detroit Pistons, but the Detroit Shock of the WNBA, the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League, the Detroit Safari of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, and the Detroit Fury of the Arena Football League.
Considered the first modern-era NBA stadium, the luxury appointments of The Palace, including 180 private suites, kicked off a flurry of new NBA stadiums being built throughout the late 80’s and 90’s. Designed by Rossetti Architects, it was their first foray into luxury stadiums. Today Rossetti is known globally for their state-of-the-art entertainment and sports arena designs. The Palace was also unique in that it was one of only eight NBA franchisees to own its arena, and one of only two arenas that never renamed for corporate sponsorship, the other being Madison Square Garden. Over the years the address of The Palace changed, representing championship wins for the NBA Pistons and the WNBA Shock. With three each, the address stopped changing at 6 Championship Drive.
Besides decades of sporting events, The Palace was home to thousands of concerts over the years. Sting’s Nothing Like The Sun tour was the first musical act to perform at The Palace in August of 1988 and hometown legend Bob Seger was the last performance in September 2017. Demolition of The Palace began in February 2020.
Rebel Nell is proud to collaborate with the Detroit Pistons to produce a limited collection that will preserve this piece of Metro-Detroit history. By collecting materials from both the iconic red and blue arena seats and the Championship locker room, we were able to create two distinct styles that represent a special place in history. Select styles of this limited-edition collection will be available website starting on June 1st, 2020, including necklaces, tie bars, earrings, and cuff links. Additionally, 15% of the proceeds from the sale of each piece will be donated to the Detroit Pistons Foundation because looking good while doing good feels good.
Please note - We will have a limited number of items in stock for the launch on June 1st. If those items sell out, we will offer the opportunity to place preorders for these items so that you're still able to secure a piece. Preorder items can be purchased through the website the same way as our other products. We ask that anyone who places an order for a preorder item allows 4-6 weeks for delivery.