Venue Diary takes a road trip for a stadium show at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.
Going to a large stadium show usually instills a sense of “been there, done that”, but heading south of the border to Auburn Hills, Michigan seemed like more of an adventure. I love road trips, especially when they lead me to music, so this Thursday night show left me nothing but excited.
The Palace of Aurburn Hills is an NBA arena in a suburb of Detroit that is also home to great concerts and can accommodate anywhere from 6,000-23,000 music fans. Despite the numbers, it was easy to find a great spot on the stadium floor.
Being unfamiliar with the venue, staff were a great help when it came to directing us and were all extremely friendly. Even with the large volume of people, we were always able to find staff who were free to help. We didn’t need their help finding the well-marked and well-kept washrooms though, especially after a couple of hours in the car.
After the trip to toilets, it was time to fuel up again! Beer was available throughout the buildings hallways and were about $10 a piece, which is pretty standard for stadiums.
Despite being among a large crowd, the show proved to be quite intimate. Amidst the theatrics, lights and crowds chanting the hits were stripped-down acoustic ballads that brought real emotion to the performance. The fan-girls holding on to every word and dancing to each track really made for a fun atmosphere, with a great sound from the stadium speakers.
The Palace is located at 6 Championship Dr, Auburn Hills, Michigan, not far from the Canadian border. Being such an attraction, the venue is well-marked and easy to find from the freeway. There’s plenty of parking on site with over 8,400 spots and event parking was only $15.
For a change in pace, it was great to see a show in a huge venue again and it was even nicer to go on an adventure to find it. Try skipping your 10th show at Toronto’s ACC for a new experience- we did and it was great!