Toronto to replay at Scotiabank Arena
Guillaume Issner, Media365, published on Saturday September 11, 2021 at 2:40 p.m.
Toronto has received the green light from the Canadian government to play in its hall for the new NBA season. A return to the Scotiabank Arena after a 2020-2021 fiscal year marked the relocation of the franchise to Tampa.
One year, seven months and four days, or rather 583 days after the last game played in its hall, during a duel with the Charlotte Hornets (loss 99-95), Toronto will regain the pleasure of playing in front of its audience from the Scotiabank Arena. The Canadian franchise formalized the news by making public its preseason schedule in which two meetings are scheduled in its lair. The first on October 4 against the Philadelphia Sixers and the second, a week later, on October 11 against the Houston Rockets. An event for the 2019 NBA champion who had to make his home last season at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, 2,000 kilometers from its land, due to strict health restrictions imposed by the Canadian government. If the capacity of the room which can bring together 19,800 people in basketball configuration has not been announced, the Raptors have their own idea on the subject.
More than a year and a half later
« We are optimistic that we will be able to present the events at full capacity at the Scotiabank Arena », slipped a spokesperson for the franchise in comments relayed by the Canadian television channel, the Sports Network. This news will delight the entire Toronto Raptors family, from executives to players to the public, for whom the 2020-2021 year has been somewhat gloomy. “Our hope is to play at home. We are not interested in looking elsewhere. We are going to play at home. This is our goal. We can’t wait to get home. We can’t wait to play again, to reconnect with basketball and life. I’m really excited about this, ”Raptors president Masai Ujiri reported last month. Toronto opens its home season on October 20 against the Washington Wizards.