There were lots of empty seats at Little Caesars Arena Wednesday night for the first regular-season game played in the new home of the Detroit Pistons.

And it's got people talking.

Tthe Pistons announced a sellout crowd of 20,491 for their 102-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets but there appeared to be many empty seats the entire game.

Apparently, tickets were being given away until shortly before the 7 p.m. tipoff yet the arena wasn't even half full. Many lower bowl seats near center court were empty the entire game.

Deadspin obtained an email sent out by Quicken Loans offering free tickets about two hours before the game started. Quicken's chairman, Dan Gilbert, is heavily invested in Detroit and is partners with Pistons owner Tom Gores in a bid to bring pro soccer to town.