Major road closures and larger police presence expected for historic NBA Finals

Jun 10 2019, 7:51 pm

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History could be made on Monday night.

For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors are just one win away from winning their first-ever NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors.

The NBA Finals are scheduled for 9 pm, and as you can imagine, there are a number of scheduled road closures, some of which are already in place.

The Raptors have won three of four games in the series so far, and a massive crowd is anticipated to take in tonight’s game in the downtown area.

Prior to tipoff, the City is encouraging the public to take public transit, or a taxi or ride-hailing service, as well as cycle or walk to their destinations.

Whether you’re planning on watching the big game at home or downtown, here’s what road closures will be in effect tonight.

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Maple Leaf Square

Bremner Boulevard from Lake Shore Boulevard West to York Street

  • From 7 am on Monday, June 10 until 2 am on Tuesday, June 11.

York Street

Lake Shore Boulevard West and Front Street West and Bremner Boulevard (between Lower Simcoe Street and York Street)

  • From as early as 9 am on Monday, June 10 until 2 am on Tuesday, June 11.

Bremner Boulevard

Lower Simcoe Street to Rees Street

  • Closed starting at 5 pm on Monday, June 10 until 2 am on Tuesday, June 11.

The TTC will also have additional service tonight to get people to and from the downtown core. There will be five additional trains and 25 buses available both before and after the game. As always, the TTC’s Blue Night Network will continue to run all night.

Toronto Police will be present to support MLSE for public safety purposes and additional closures or restrictions may be in effect as required.

Also, keep in mind the intersection at King and University is currently closed after a TTC streetcar derailed onto the sidewalk following a crash this morning. Police say the intersection will be closed for up to five hours.

“Toronto, and the entire country, is rooting for our Raptors. I’m encouraging all residents who are attending NBA Finals festivities to use the TTC and to keep cheering on our team responsibly,” said Mayor John Tory.

“I’ve been assured that Police, TTC, City staff and MLSE have plans in place that will keep the public safe and allow everyone to share in the fun.”

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