Everything you need to know about the Raptors championship banner-raising game tonight

Oct 22 2019, 12:13 pm

Tonight’s season opener is sure to be a memorable one for the Toronto Raptors.

Playing their first meaningful game since they lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in Oakland last spring, the Raptors open the season against the New Orleans Pelicans at Scotiabank Arena.

Prior to the game, players will receive their championship rings and the team will raise a banner to the rafters.

Here’s what you need to know:

You won’t find it televised on the main Sportsnet or TSN channels

If you don’t have a ticket to the game, note that it won’t be on the main Sportsnet or TSN channels.

Due to the World Series, the Raptors game will be broadcasted on Sportsnet One. So if you don’t have that channel, you’d better find someone that does.

Pre-game festivities start well before tip off

The game is scheduled for 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), but you’ll want to tune in well before that.

The free tailgate party outside Scotiabank Arena begins at 5 pm, with doors to the arena opening at 6 pm, and the Raptors encouraging fans to be in their seats by 7:15 pm.

Sportsnet’s championship ceremony coverage begins at 7.

Free stuff!

Fans attending the game will receive these beautiful t-shirts, which are already waiting for them on their seats:

They’ll also receive a replica championship ring, similar to what the players will get.

More free stuff

A group of activists will be giving out thousands of pro-Hong Kong t-shirts prior to the game.

The groupย says it hopes to raise awareness of theย ongoing protestsย that are currently happening in Hong Kong and to show support by having fans wear the shirts at the game.

New addition to their jerseys

Raptors jerseys will feature a gold tab on the back collar going forward, in honour of the team’s championship.