The implosion levels Auburn Hills Palace, the former home of the Detroit Pistons


The arena, which once housed up to 23,000 people, had been emptied in anticipation of the implosion.

Crews used about 800 pounds of explosives to tear down the roof of the building and the 22 columns that supported it, reported WXYZ, a CNN subsidiary.

It only took a few seconds to knock the building down.

The Pistons played at the Palace of Auburn Hills from 1988 to 2017 and won their three NBA titles there. The infamous Pistons ‘Bad Boys’ won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990, and the team upset the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, in 2004.

The Pistons moved to a new arena in Detroit for the 2017 season and The Palace, as it was affectionately known, was sold.

The developers plan to transform the 110-acre site into a mixed-use research and technology park.


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