The Insider's Game Day: Toronto Raptors
Attending a Raptors game is always an exciting experience. From great food and drink to the comradery and energy in the stands, and of course, the fast paced, high stakes, edge-of-your-seat action on the court, there’s never a dull moment.
Here are some tips to make the most of your next Raptors game day.
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Toronto Raptors home games are played at Scotiabank Arena, the city’s premier sports entertainment arena located downtown at 40 Bay Street. Scotia Arena is also where hockey fans go to cheer on the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play their home games, the home to Toronto Rock lacrosse team, and host to the hottest concerts and performances in between sporting events.
The facility features an extensive array of options for food and drink, with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and all sorts of food vendors from gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, halal and kosher – as well as the traditional hotdog and burger stands.
Getting to the Scotiabank Arena
The easiest way to get to Scotiabank Area is via public transportation. Union Station is the main hub for buses (6 bus or 72 bus), GO trains, TTC trains along the Yonge/Bloor and University lines and streetcars (509 and 510). There is also a GO bus terminal at 81 Bay Street, which is a short walk from the arena.
Places Near Scotia Arena
Located within walking distance of many famous attractions like the CN Tower and Ripley's Aquarium, the Scotiabank Arena has no shortage of things to do and places to dine nearby. For example, Maple Leaf Square is a complex across from the arena that features e11even with an outdoor patio and Real Sports with many large screen TVs to watch the game.
Outside of the complex, the public square, locally dubbed “Jurassic Park”, is a popular spot for sports fans to gather, watch the game on a giant jumbotron and celebrate every win.
The PATH Walkway is a network of underground walkways that connect the Scotiabank Arena to shopping, dining, attractions and accommodations throughout the downtown core. It’s a great way to get around and explore the city when the weather is less agreeable. Just be sure to get acquainted with the PATH well in advance of game day, it can be confusing to navigate at first, and you don’t want to miss any of the action.
Toronto Raptors Fan Experience
If you love the Toronto Raptors, you’re in good company. The Toronto Raptors have a dedicated and diverse fanbase who are passionate diehards for the sport and team. Superfan, Nav Bhatia has been attending Raptors home games since day one and is now considered a local celebrity. International mega music star Drake is also recognized for his commitment to champion the team, so don’t be surprised if you see him cheering courtside.
Toronto Raptors Merchandise
Did you know that Toronto Raptors team merchandise is a top 10 brand for basketball fans around the world? Pick up your favourite merch item to show your pride and cheer on Toronto’s beloved team. The Sport Chek store in Maple Leaf Square sells Toronto Raptor jerseys or you can also purchase merchandise at one of the many shops in the Scotia Bank Arena.