Fans considering budget seats in the upper level should first look at tickets in the corner sections of the arena. These tickets have one of the lowest face values for a Pistons game, but still provide quality views from unexpectedly close vantage points.
Sitting in the first row in these sections is similar to sitting in the last row of the lower level - but at a much cheaper price. You can sit anywhere within the first seven rows to be just a few steps away from the section tunnel. This will make it easier to get to the concourse for restrooms and concessions.
Some of the best sections to target in this area are the middle sections in each corner. For example, sections 219 and 220 are preferred to adjacent sections 218 and 221. These seats have a better angle towards mid-court than 218 and are less obstructed by the basket than section 221.
The biggest drawback to sitting in these corner sections is that the views of the new videoboards is not great. You can still see the big board, but better views are found on the baseline and sidelines.