Increased police presence for Raptors tailgate party tonight

May 7 2019, 8:37 pm

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As Toronto sports fans descend on downtown today, they should be aware of the various traffic restrictions and increased police presence in place around Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Centre.

Tonight, the Raptors will be playing the Philadelphia 76ers on home court and Jurassic Park will be hosting a massive tailgate party for basketball fans during the game in Maple Leaf Square.

Additionally, the Jays are hosting the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre at 7:07 pm this evening.

To ensure the safe flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, a number of additional road restrictions and closures will be in effect for Tuesday’s games. There will also be pre-game restrictions on the roadways surrounding both the Rogers Centre and the Scotiabank Arena.

The closures around Scotiabank Arena are expected to begin at 4 pm, and will remain in effect until the conclusion of both games. Restrictions around Rogers Centre will commence at 5 pm, and will also remain in effect until the conclusion of the game.

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Road closures and restrictions:

  • York Street between Lakeshore Boulevard and Front Street
  • Bremner Boulevard, east of Grand Trunk
  • All other restrictions in the area which have been in place since the baseball season and playoffs began will continue

Pick-up/drop-off areas for accessible vehicles:

Scotiabank Arena

  • Bay Street near gate 1 of the Scotiabank Arena

Rogers Centre 

  • Gate 7 Access: Rees Street, northbound from Lake Shore Boulevard West
  • Gate 13: Blue Jays Way in front of the Marriott Hotel

Access for residences and business into the area of Scotiabank Arena will be from Lakeshore Blvd northbound on York Street, with egress from the area, westbound along Bremner Blvd.

The public may also notice other enhanced security measures in the surrounding area, including an increased police presence and/or the use of other public and private sector resources.

While there is no imminent threat at this time, security issues are closely monitored and changes will be implemented as required.

Fans are encouraged to use public transit or carpool during tonight’s games.

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