The NBA is coming to town.
The Toronto Raptors will take on the Brooklyn Nets in a preseason game at the Bell Centre on Wednesday, October 10, but the fun begins this weekend.
The game is part of the NBA Canada Series, which includes a free two-day event for fans beginning on on Saturday.
Dubbed ‘NBA Crossover,’ the event takes place at APT200 in Montreal and promises to be a “cultural exhibition celebrating the convergence of the NBA and popular culture.” The exhibit has traveled to London, Paris, Milan, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, organizers say.
Here’s what it includes:
- Appearances and panel discussions featuring NBA legends and personalities
- The Larry O’Brien Trophy
- NBA memorabilia
- NBA jerseys from all 30 NBA teams
- Basketball-inspired gallery
- NBA 2K19 gaming lounge showcasing the evolution of the game
The event will include appearances by former NBA players, including Seattle Sonics legend Gary Payton and Toronto Raptors fan favourite Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams.
“We’re excited to bring NBA Crossover to the passionate fans in Vancouver and Montreal ahead of the sixth NBA Canada Series,” said NBA Canada vice president and managing director Dan MacKenzie. “Thanks to our partners Bell, Foot Locker and 2K, this free exhibition will showcase the many ways in which the NBA influences and is influenced by popular culture through interactive exhibits and special guest appearances.”
- What: Cultural exhibition celebrating the convergence of the NBA and pop culture
- When: October 6-7, 12 pm to 4 pm and 9 pm to late (you must be 18+ for 9 pm entry)
- Where: APT200, 3643 St-Laurent, Montreal
- Admission: Free, but you must register online beforehand (proof of registration required for entry)