Detroit PistonsThe Palace of Auburn HillsDTE Energy Music TheatreMeadow Brook Music Festival

Directions & Parking

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The Palace of Auburn Hills

Tips and Suggestions

Arriving Early

Guests who wish to avoid heavy traffic at The Palace should plan to arrive at least one hour prior to event start. There’s plenty to do for those who arrive early. You can check out our Locker Room Stores, visit our concession stands or dine in one of our restaurants. There’s no better way to beat the traffic than to arrive early and enjoy a gourmet meal at the Palace Grille or Terrace Club.

Ramp Entrance



This is the most under-utilized entrance into The Palace. Use Exit 79 and follow the green "Palace" road signs. If you see the word "OPEN" flashing on the sign, then take the on ramp to our ramp entrance. This is a quick and easy way to bypass the heavy traffic at our main entrance and get into the lot fast. You can easily access general parking as well as all premium lots from this entrance.

North Drive


The North Drive is located right next to our large electronic marquee sign on M-24. Go around our South Drive to North Drive to avoid the heaviest traffic. You can easily access general parking as well as all premium lots from this entrance.

Harmon Drive
Harmon Drive is located on the north end of our parking lot and is another great way to avoid the heavy traffic on M-24. Use Exit 83 and follow the green "Palace" road signs. You can reach all parking areas from Harmon Drive.

Arriving at The Palace

There are four main entrances to The Palace parking lot. Traffic lights on Lapeer Road are turned on during this time to allow the safest and quickest entry.


Harmon Road: Use exit 83 from I-75 and enter The Palace of Auburn Hills from Harmon Road.


North Drive: Enter here to avoid the heavy traffic of the South Entrance.

South Drive: The main and busiest entrance to The Palace of Auburn Hills.

I-75 Ramp: Exit Lapeer Road to take advantage of the Ramp Entrance. The Ramp Entrance is for Northbound Lapeer Road traffic only. Look for the “Ramp Entrance Open” sign.

The I-75 ramp via southbound Lapeer Road is closed to all traffic during peak entrance/exit periods.

Departing The Palace

After Pistons games and large events, The Palace parking lot is divided into sections. Each section is directed to the nearest exit drive. This plan is strictly enforced in order to provide the safest and quickest departure to all guests. You might not be able to exit the same way you entered the lot, but ALL DRIVES LEAD TO I-75!


Harmon Road: Exit to westbound Harmon Road to I-75 at Joslyn.

North Drive: Exit to northbound Lapeer Road (M-24) to I-75 at Joslyn via Brown Road.

South Drive: Exit to southbound Lapeer Road (M-24) to I-75 via M-59 or Opdyke Road.

Ramp Drive: Exit directly to the I-75 ramp. Right lane is northbound, left lane is southbound.

The I-75 ramp via southbound Lapeer Road is closed to all traffic at during peak entrance/exit periods.

Driving Directions


The Palace of Auburn Hills – Location

Easily accessible off I-75 at Lapeer Road (M-24) in Auburn Hills, Michigan (Exit 81). Also accessible from Exits 79 (University Drive) and 83 (Joslyn Road). Signs showing directions to The Palace are posted from all three exits.

Exit 83 is Hassle Free!
Exit on Joslyn Road (Exit 83) and make a right. Make an immediate right onto Harmon Road (signs are posted).


Click on the map above to enlarge.

Driving Directions from MapQuest

Two entrances off Lapeer Road (M-24), north of I-75, one entrance off the I-75 interchange (accessible from Northbound Lapeer Road), and one entrance off Harmon Road (on the North border of the property).

General Information


All Detroit Pistons Home Games - cash or credit

  • $15.00 per car
  • $30.00 per limo
  • $60.00 per bus or RV

Concert Parking - cash or credit

  • $20.00 per car
  • $40.00 per limo
  • $80.00 per bus or RV


The following courtesy services are offered during all Pistons games:
Lock-out assistance
Jump Starts
Help locating cars
Tire change
Emergency phone calls and calls for Taxi cabs are available from the Guest Service Office (East or West Lobby)

*Off-site towing is available through Waterford Towing (at guest’s expense)


When dropping off a guest for a game, you may enter any drive and will be charged the parking fee. Please obtain a receipt. Drop your party off at the North Entrance or East Entrance. When exiting the property, present your receipt for a refund of your parking fee. When returning to pick up your party, enter the North entrance on Lapeer Road (next to the marquee sign). There is no charge to return to pick up your party. You should arrange to meet your party outside the North Entrance or East Entrance after the game. We suggest you arrive before the end of the 3rd quarter to avoid heavy outbound traffic. Limos and buses are not eligible for refunds. Refunds are only available for a short time. If you remain on the Palace property for an extended period of time you will not be refunded. All refunds are at our discretion.


  • Tailgating is allowed in the parking lot 3 hours prior to game start.
  • Barbequing is allowed as long as the grill is located on pavement (not on landscaped areas, grass, berms, etc.).
  • No alcohol is allowed in the parking lot due to state law.
  • Sale of tickets or merchandise in the parking lot is prohibited by law.
  • Loitering by non-guests is not allowed.
  • Distribution of unauthorized pamphlets, sample CD’s, stickers or any other item is strictly prohibited.

Please contact our Marketing Department for further information at (248) 377-0100.

accessible PARKING

The Palace offers ample disabled parking in front of all entrances. Our accessible parking spaces exceed state requirements and include van accessible areas. Demand for accessible parking varies by event and overflow areas are always available. The North Entrance is street level and requires no stairs or elevators to access the concourse. Additional information or special accommodation requests can be made through our Guest Relations department by calling (248) 377-0100. *The State of Michigan free accessible parking permit does not apply to private parking lots and is not accepted at The Palace.

Limo Parking

All standard size limos get charged the limo rate. If the limo is a super stretch limo and is longer than two spots, the limo will be charged the bus rate. Limos will not be reimbursed for any reason. The cashier will give the chauffer a dated receipt at the time of transaction; this gives the limo in and out privileges to the lot as long as they keep their parking receipt. During large concerts there will be a Limo Lot for dropping off and picking up near pole 9A. It is illegal for a limousine to stand or park in the fire lanes around the Palace. Limousines can pay with cash, credit, or TWO parking passes.


Motor-coaches, school buses and other similar sized vehicles are charged $40.00 for parking during Pistons games ($60.00 for concerts). Buses are encouraged to pick-up and drop off in the west lot by pole 5B because of the limited space in our fire lanes. Buses are not allowed to park or stand in the fire lanes. Buses may pick-up and drop off in the North fire lane as long as they are not blocking traffic. This is to facilitate the movement of traffic around the building and provide for the comfort and enjoyment of all guests.

Buses must do their best to park “straight-through” two parking spaces in order to take up the fewest number of parking spots. Buses found blocking unnecessary spaces will be asked to move or they could be charged for the additional spaces.

During peak outbound traffic we recommend that buses not try to “jockey for position” in the fire lane. The parking staff will do their best to assist buses at all times, however sometimes buses can get “caught up” in heavy traffic. It is not possible to circle the building after an event because all lanes are flowing “outbound”. Once a bus enters an outbound lane it is almost impossible to turn it around and you could be forced out onto the local roads. Group discounts and pre-paid bus parking passes may be purchased through our Group Sales Department at (248) 377-0100.

Contact Information

Questions or comments about parking or traffic control can be directed to:
Parking Department
6 Championship Drive
Auburn Hills MI 48326
(248) 377-0100.

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VIP Parking Upgrade

VIP Parking is available for an additional $20

DTE Energy Music Theatre


There are two entrances off of Sashabaw Road just north of I-75. The north drive is located at the base of our large “DTE Energy” marquee sign. The entrance just south of the marquee sign is our South Drive and is primarily for VIP & Disabled parking. 

Venue map

Parking map


I-75 traffic can access DTE Energy Music Theatre at exit 89 (Sashabaw Road) from two different ways: First, I-75 traffic can follow Sashabaw Rd. North to either South or North Drives. Second, I-75 traffic can follow Sashabaw Rd. South to Waldon Road, following Waldon Road (East) to Pine Knob Road.


There are two exits available for traffic to use after the show. The North drive which leads to Sashabaw Road and the Pine Knob Road gate. You can easily reach I-75 by exiting through either gate. After most shows the parking lot is divided into two sections and each section is directed out a designated gate. This is part of our post-event traffic management plan which allows for the best possible service to all guests. The above map shows red arrows that indicate the direction of outbound traffic after events. The south drive is designated for inbound traffic only and is not available as an exit.

Parking Lot Policies

The parking lot opens at 5:00 p.m. for most shows or 2 1/2 hours prior to a matinee show. Barbecuing is allowed on paved areas of lot. No open alcohol on the lot. No re-admittance to the lot. Parking for disabled guests is located outside the east entrance to the facility.

Traffic Control Fee

A $4.00 traffic control fee is added to each ticket purchase.

Drop-off Procedure

There is no charge to drop off or pick up a guest for a show. Many people utilize our “Parent’s Park” as a meeting place. Parents and other non-ticketholders may wait for guests in Parents park during the show. "Parent's Park" is located between the East and West entrance gates to the venue near light pole 2C.

When picking-up after the event, drivers should be aware that all lanes at the North Drive (where the marquee sign is located) and our Pine Knob Road gate will be for outbound traffic only. You can not enter the venue at these locations. The only entrance is the South Drive on Sashabaw Road just south of the main entrance. Once your pick-up is complete, exit the parking lot with the rest of the event traffic. You cannot exit out the South Drive where you came in because it is only an inbound lane except for police and EMS vehicle.

Lock Out/Jump Start

Lockouts, jumpstarts and assistance in changing flat tires are provided as a courtesy by either Waterford Towing Co. and/or Palace Parking Managers. Please contact any staff member to request assistance.

VIP Parking Upgrade

VIP Parking is available for an additional $20

Meadow Brook Music Festival


The main entrance is located on Walton Blvd., 1/4 mile west of Adams Rd. and 3/4 mile east of Squirrel Rd. There is also the east entrance on Adams Rd., 1/4 mile south of Walton Blvd.

Quickest Route In

From I-75, exit at University Drive (exit 79) and head east to Squirrel Rd. Take Squirrel Rd. north to Walton Blvd. and turn right onto Walton. Take Walton east, 3/4 mile to the main entrance.


I-75 traffic can access Meadow brook by exiting exit 79 and following the signs to Oakland University or by following University Drive to Squirrel Road (North) to Walton Blvd (East).


All traffic in the main lot must exit onto Walton Blvd. The VIP lot (behind the venue) can exit either Walton Blvd or Adams Road.

Parking Lot Policies

  • The parking lot opens at 5:30 p.m. for most evening shows.
  • The parking lot will open two hours prior to the show start time for matinees.
  • Guests are allowed to tailgate/picnic before events.
  • Alcohol is not allowed in the parking lot due to local township ordinances.

Parking Fees

$15.00 per car

$30 per limo


Drop-off Procedure

When dropping off a guest for a show, you may enter from either Walton or Adams, but you must exit via Adams. You may drop off and pick up your party at the Meadow Brook Music Festival Box Office. Limos and buses are exempt from refund policy.

Lock Out/Jump Start

Lockouts, jumpstarts and assistance in changing flat tires are provided as a courtesy by either Waterford Towing Co. and/or Palace Parking Managers.

VIP/Disabled Parking

VIP Parking and Disabled Parking can easily be accessed by entering either the Adams Road Entrance or the Main Entrance.

From Adams, turn onto Meadow Brook Road, turn left onto Sunset Lane, then stay to the right for the VIP/
Disabled Lot. Follow the provided signage. 

From the Main Entrance, head East on Meadow Brook Road, turn right onto Sunset Lane, then stay to the right for the VIP/ Disabled Lot. Follow the provided signage.

VIP Parking Upgrade

VIP Parking is available for an additional $15