Raptors will play National Basketball Association home games in Tampa, not Toronto

Carrie Guzman
November 21, 2020

"We commit to continuing our work together, planning for a safe return to play in Toronto", team president Masai Ujiri said in a statement.

And now, they're on their way back to the Sunshine State. I'm not sure that's possible for us - we love Toronto and Canada, and we know we have the best fans in the National Basketball Association.

He urges fans to keep cheering from afar and concluded he looks forward to "the day we are all together again".

Instead, Raptors President Masai Ujiri said the team will begin play in Tampa, Fla.at an alternate site when the season kicks off on December 22.

The Raptors have reportedly been discussing a plan to play games at Amalie Arena since late October as it became clear that coronavirus regulations and Canadian travel restrictions made playing an National Basketball Association season outside the United States unlikely.

Much to the disappointment of local National Basketball Association fans who were stoked earlier this week to learn that the Raps might actually start the 2020-2021 season in Toronto, Canada's federal government has denied a proposal from the team that would have allowed them to play at home.

The NBA's regular season will begin on December 22.

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Mr. Bet On Yourself went undrafted in 2016 and so signed with Toronto for summer league.

From Kansas City to other locations, the Raptors weren't short on suitors for a temporary home, but a source tells 680NEWS that Toronto's players were consulted and ultimately preferred to play out of Florida for the time being. The number of cases in both nations, but particularly in the US, has surged since.

The Canadian government required a comprehensive public health plan and written support from local health officials.

The Blue Jays failed to persuade the federal government to grant exemptions and played home games in Buffalo, New York, this year.

The first, and most important, part of their comparatively tame free agency plan is complete.

The team had been looking at alternative sites for several weeks, including the BB&T Center Sunrise, home of the NHL's Florida Panthers. Reportedly, Nashville, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale are under consideration if it comes to that.

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