Toronto Raptors Call Tampa Home for Upcoming NBA Season, Will Play in Florida Panther Stadium

NBA Season Set to Start December 22

ABOVE VIDEO: Toronto Raptors will start the NBA season next month in Tampa, Florida.

(ESPN) – The Toronto Raptors will start the NBA season next month in Tampa, Florida, because of travel restrictions the Canadian government has put in place stemming from the pandemic.

“Ultimately, the current public health situation facing Canadians, combined with the urgent need to determine where we will play means that we will begin our 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement Friday.

The Raptors had been looking at other sites for several weeks, including Sunrise, Florida, the home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers.

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