The Toronto Raptors will not be coming back to Toronto this season.
The team announced today that due to the border restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and public safety measures in Canada, the Raptors will stay in Tampa, Florida for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
“Florida has been really welcoming to us and we’re so grateful for the hospitality we’ve found in Tampa and at Amalie, we’re living in a city of champions, and we intend to carry on the tradition of winning for our new friends and fans here,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said.
“But home is where the heart is, and our hearts are in Toronto. We think often of our fans, of our Scotiabank Arena family, and all those we are missing back home, and we can’t wait until we can all be together again.”
In November, the Raptors announced that Amalie Arena in Tampa, would serve as their home court for the first half of the 2020-21 season.
The second half of the season schedule will be announced in the coming days. The NBA decided to split the schedule up so that they had more flexibility if any games happened to be postponed.
Toronto’s next game is in Boston tonight against the Celtics. Tip-off is at 7:30 pm ET on Sportsnet.