The Raptors-Nets rivalry dates back to 2004 when the Raptors traded Vince Carter to the Nets. Since then these two Atlantic Division teams have met in the playoffs several times with their most recent contest in 2014 going to seven games. Things are usually pretty tense when these two get together, so don’t miss it when the Nets are in town.
Toronto Raptors Stadium Guide
The Raptors are Canada’s NBA team, which means you’ll find fans from all over the country inside the Air Canada Centre. Fans from all over the nation come to the ACC to support their team, and it shows in the impressive in-game atmosphere found here. The Raptors have been in the top 5 in attendance for the past few years, and the arena is bumping on game days as the fans are loud and proud when it comes to supporting the Raptors.
In recent years the team itself has also put a lot of effort in ramping up the Raptors game day experience. Jurassic Park, located at Maple Leaf Square, gets you in the game day feeling before you even enter the arena. Once inside the arena, you’ll encounter plenty of Raptors and Maple Leafs banners inside the arena, which go a long way in making the ACC feel like a special place.
Once the game starts, you’ll experience the typical NBA game day experience equipped with a dance team, mascot, and in-arena DJ. While these components of the game are all expected, they are executed well by the Raptors and give off a big league basketball feeling that you won’t find anywhere else in Canada. A trip to the American Airlines Centre for a Raptors game is a must for any Canadian or basketball fan out there, so plan your trip today.
Jurassic Park is located in Maple Leaf Square on the western side of the Scotiabank Arena and is the best place to see a big Toronto playoff game, besides inside the arena itself. If you can’t get a ticket to the game or just want to hang out with some diehard Raptors fans before the game, then stop by Jurassic Park.
The Fan Zone opens two hours before games and features a variety of interactive basketball and hockey related activities. At the fan zone you can shoot some hoops or pucks, so make sure to stop by before the game.
You’ll find any Toronto team gear you could want at this 3,000 sq ft sports apparel palace. If you’re looking to pick up a souvenir of your trip to Toronto, then there is no better place to do so then Real Sports Apparel.
This public walkway is home to the arena’s ticket office as well as many artifacts from the original Canada Post Delivery Building. If you’re a history buff as well as a basketball fan, then stop and check this out.
Get loud and show off your Raptors pride for your chance to win cool prizes when you see the Raptors Fan Patrol. The Fan Patrol does an excellent job of getting everyone pumped up with their fun promotions so be on alert for them.
“We The North” has become a popular slogan among Raptors fans, who have embraced the team’s identity as Canada’s only team. The slogan can be heard chanted throughout games and can even be found on t-shirts as well.
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