Auburn Hills — Eight hundred pounds of dynamite will put a decisive end to three decades of history Saturday morning when what’s left of the Palace of Auburn Hills is imploded.

Homrich, the Carleton-based demolition company that’s been taking down the arena since March 2, will lower the boom at 8 a.m., according to Stephanie Carroll, the manager of business development and community relations for Auburn Hills.


Demolition of the Palace of Auburn Hills continues. The Detroit News

The dynamite will target 22 reinforced concrete columns, each four feet in diameter, and the roof structure they support.

“Following the detonation,” Carroll said, “the roof structure will fall to the ground in a period of four to five seconds.”

After that, she said, will come several months of cleanup and the filling of the hole that held service areas and underground suites.

The 22,000-seat arena had been awash in cheers and spilled beer from its opening on Aug. 13, 1988, with a Sting concert to its final event, a Bob Seger show on Sept. 23, 2017. Seger brought down the house figuratively with the last notes of  “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” nearly three years before Homrich will bring down the house literally.

The Detroit Pistons, whose former owner, Bill Davidson, built the Palace, left for Little Caesars Arena in Detroit after the 2017 season.

Current Pistons owner Tom Gores announced in June 2019 that the building had been sold to a joint venture comprised of Gores and the Livonia-based development company Schostak Brothers & Co.

The site is scheduled to hold 1 million square feet of mixed-use office and research and development space. The city council had rezoned it for research and development before the sale, Carroll said.

It had been vacant land before Davidson moved the Pistons from the Pontiac Silverdome, which was demolished in 2017-18.

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