I honestly don't blame them for doing this. It's tough to fill the Little Caesars Arena up with so many games during the week. This is no excuse for them not filling the arena, but I hate watching games on tv and seeing all the empty red seats in the background. Shout out to our friends at Art Van because I think this looks great.
The Pistons’ inaugural season at Little Caesars Arena has been marked by scores of empty seats, made worse by the fact that their bright appearance jumps out on television. The black seat covers dull this effect. Their coverage area will remain in “selected lower-bowl sections,” Kevin Grigg, the team’s VP of public relations, said.
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, who have pointed out the Pistons issues with attracting fans in their first year in a new downtown arena they are sharing with the Red Wings.
The founder of Art Van, Art Van Elslander, passed away on Sunday at the age of 87. The Pistons originally planned to announce their Art Van partnership on Monday, Grigg said, but held off out of respect for Art Van Elslander.