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The Arena and Neighborhood:
The Palace is located about 30 miles north of Detroit just off I-75 in a fairly suburban area. Open since 1988, it has the largest capacity in the NBA and has undergone some renovations in recent years. While the venue itself is very nice, the neighborhood isn't as exciting as it could be. We suggest arriving early to avoid traffic and grabbing a pregame meal at one the restaurants inside, as there isn't much in the surrounding area. The Palace Grille, Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, and Terrace Club are all open to the public and open 2 hours prior to tip off.
It's easily accessible, just a straight shot up 1-75 from Detroit. Most people will exit at Lapeer Road (exit 81) although to avoid heavy traffic, exit Joslyn Road (exit 83), make a right, then another right on Harmon and enter the parking lot from Harmon Drive. There are 4 entrances to The Palace parking lots off Harmon Road, North Drive, South Drive and I-75 Ramp (at LaPeer). The North Drive entrance, located right off M-24 (Lapeer) will be the busiest way in, so again, try taking exit 83 instead.
Parking at the arena is $10 and really the only option. Tailgating IS allowed, although no alcohol is permitted in any lots. As for exiting post-game, you'll be directed to exit a certain way which may not be the way you came in, but all drives lead to I-75 so not to worry there. It will be a bit of a cluster getting out, but there's really nothing you can do. Maybe someday they'll think of a better system.
As for public transportation, we don't recommend it. You can take a bus from downtown Detroit but it'll be over 2 hours and you'll end up walking the last 30 minutes.
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