Due to the health situation that requires a quarantine on entry into Canada, the Toronto Raptors will play their home games next season in Tampa, Florida.
Next season, like all the other teams in the Great League, Toronto will abandon this famous bubble of the Orlando complex where the NBA had found refuge at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Canadian franchise will not find its floor at the Scotiabank Arena, land of the last exploits of the Raptors and in particular the coronation of June 2019, the first in Canadian history. Due to the health context and the quarantine imposed on each return to Canada, Kyle Lowry and his teammates will have to play their home games in the next year far from Canada. On Friday, in a statement, Toronto announced that they next season would host his opponents in… Florida, in the city of Tampa. “The health situation facing the Canadians, combined with the urgent need to determine where we will play, means that we will start the 2020-21 season in Tampa,” franchise owner Masai Ujiri announced on Friday.
The Raptors will play in the Tampa Bay Lightning hall
A statement from our president Masai Ujiri. pic.twitter.com/qrnPt5MEsA
– Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 20, 2020
A relocation not to the taste of Canadian fans of the Raptors which will last until further notice, we learn in the same press release, which ensures that the leaders did everything they could not to have to leave Toronto, but to no avail. Likewise, Toronto promises that it will do everything to get the Raptors back to their gym as quickly as possible. “We will continue to work together and plan for a safe return to play in Toronto. “In the meantime, the 2019 champions will have to take their bearings as quickly as possible in their new home: the Amalie Arena, which usually plays host to the games of the… Tampa Bay Lightning ice hockey team. Second in the regular season in the East last season behind Milwaukee, the Canadians then stumbled over Boston (4-3) in the Conference semifinals. If they manage to do at least as well this season, we can talk about an exploit.