For over 50 years, the Wayne State Warrior Basketball teams did not have a home of their own. In a partnership with the Detroit Pistons, the university’ new arena provides a dedicated home for both the men and women’s basketball teams. The Fieldhouse is also home to the Motor City Cruise, the Pistons’ G League team, which maximizes the use of the facility within the Wayne State community and as part of the revitalization in Midtown and throughout Detroit.
The design of the Wayne State University Fieldhouse, located on the west side of the athletics campus, responds to the legacy of Detroit. Historical industrial structures in the city define the overall geometry and material selection of the exterior, influencing the planar façade with a grid pattern of brick and windows. The entry curates the fan arrival experience at the concourse level to provide expansive views down to the court and seating bowl. Additional spaces throughout the arena include offices, team and media facilities, premium seating options and a suite.
The Fieldhouse addresses the needs of many colleges and universities: small to mid-size arenas that are the home for multiple athletic, academic, campus-life and community events. In efforts to be mindful of efficient budgets, new systems and technologies were considered during design and construction to condense project development time and cost. This 3,000-seat arena not only houses the Wayne State and Cruise basketball programs, but the flexibility allows for hosting other sporting events, intramural sports, camps, clinics, high school games, tournaments and more. This not only provides excellent tools and amenities for the athletes, but also benefits the surrounding neighborhood.