Toronto Raptors They will not play any games this season at their headquarters and will complete it in Tampa, the place they temporarily chose due to the strict border restrictions in force in Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Raptors organization, through a statement, explained this Thursday that the rest of the 2020-21 season schedule the team will play at the Amelia Arena in Tampa, because it is still “impossible” return to Toronto. The president of operations of the Raptors, Masai Ujiri, pointed out that the stay of the team in Tampa, which he called “city of champions”, is very positive, although “strange” its Toronto headquarters.
The Raptors spent weeks before the season negotiating with Toronto officials to try to find a way to play at home, but they had to move to the United States. At that moment, the Raptors said they expected to return to Toronto at some point in the season and that the decision to move to Tampa was to meet the first half of the league schedule.
Because of ongoing border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mindful of public safety measures in Canada, the team has decided they will continue to play their home games in Tampa for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 11, 2021
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