Basketball courts

Deadline Detroit | Basketball courts named after late Pistons owner William Davidson coming to Detroit Riverfront


(Render: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy)

William Davidson, the former Pistons owner who is close to our hearts because he was the last Detroit team owner to build a sports complex without public incentives, will have a sports house built in his name along the Detroit River – an anchor of the future Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park.

The sports house/pavilion portion of the west waterfront development is designed by the same architect as the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Crain’s reports that the late Davidson’s Foundation, which is also funding a separate public development on the east bank of the river, has donated $11 million for the completion of Centennial Park.

Davidson believed sport was a way to bring people together (Darin McKeever, President and CEO of the William Davidson Foundation) said.

In a fitting tribute, the Sports House will include two basketball courts and a permanent raised canopy with skylights to provide flexible space for year-round use. It will be designed to accommodate activities like roller skating, football and kickball games and house other structures during the winter for programs, said Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

The park is expected to be completed in the spring and the new sports hall/pavilion in 2023. His nomination will be celebrated at a conservation fundraiser this Friday and at the West Riverfront Block Party on Saturday.