The Pistons yesterday "added a few thousand black seat covers" at Little Caesars Arena as "part of a new corporate partnership" with Michigan-based Art Van Furniture, according to Rod Beard of the DETROIT NEWS. The deal to cover the red seats with black covers "appears to be with the Pistons and not the Red Wings." It remains "unclear" whether the Pistons "might add more to cover the entire lower bowl at a later time." One of the "bigger issues about the red seats was that they’ve been an eyesore, especially on TV, when there were large pockets of empty seats around the arena." The Pistons have had "just five sellouts this season, so the red seats had been a point of emphasis among national media" (DETROIT NEWS, 12/13). The Pistons are actually seeing an 11% increase in average attendance with the move from Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit. After 30 home games this season, the Pistons are averaging 17,182 fans per game (83.9% capacity). Last year at the same time (27 games), the team was averaging 15,417 fans per game in the suburbs (THE DAILY).
The MLB Cardinals and development partner Cordish Cos. are now "pre-leasing units in their planned 29-story apartment building in Ballpark Village," according to Brian Feldt of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. A Cordish spokesperson said that rent for the building would "range from $1,400 per month for a one-bedroom apartment to $3,450 per month for a penthouse suite." The 297-unit tower, which will be called One Cardinal Way, will have "views into Busch Stadium and of the nearby Gateway Arch." The apartments are part of the broader $260M "second phase of Ballpark Village, which also calls for a 10-story, 117,000-square-foot office building" to open in mid-'19 and an "eight-story Live! By Loews Hotel." The entire development is "expected to be complete" in mid-'20 (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 2/13).