Toronto Raptors fans were delayed entry into Jurassic Park, the NBA team’s outdoor fan zone, after a thunderstorm rolled into the city Saturday evening.
Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference final between the Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks saw fans lining up to pack the space on the west side of Scotiabank Arena.
But a severe thunderstorm warning and heavy rain prompted Toronto police to post on Twitter just after 6 p.m. that they wouldn’t open Jurassic Park on schedule because of safety concerns.
That ban was lifted just before 7 p.m., after the rain let up. Toronto police tweeted that they had assessed the situation and decided it was safe to open the square.
By then, a long lineup of fans had snaked around Scotiabank Arena and past neighbouring Union Station in downtown Toronto.
Earlier in the day social media was abuzz with talk of organizing viewing parties, blowing off long-held plans to tune in the game, and finding ways to modify previously scheduled events to include their favourite team.
The Raptors currently lead the best-of-seven playoff series 3-2, and a win on Saturday night would vault the team into the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history.
Calgary native Braden Lunn is hoping his friend’s birthday festivities can turn into a Raptors victory party instead.
The 26-year-old software developer says he and his Ontario-born girlfriend will be the only Raptors fans at the party, held in honour of an avid Bucks booster.
Lunn says he intends to make sure the game is aired at the Seattle-based winery where the party is taking place, adding the drinks expected to flow would make the perfect celebratory touch.
“We’re going to roll it into a Raptors win,” he said.
But Lunn’s confidence is tempered by what happened the last time he and his girlfriend spent time with the birthday girl and her partner. The two couples got together to indulge their friendly rivalry during the first two games of the Raptors-Bucks series, both Toronto losses.
“I’m pretty superstitious, so I’m worried that now that I’m watching games with them again the Raptors are going to lose,” he said. “So we’ll see how that goes.”
Closer to the Raptors’ home base, fans were already laying plans to flock to Jurassic Park.
Others mused on Twitter about ways they could alter their previous engagements to accommodate what they hope will be a date with destiny.
“My daughter’s wedding is Saturday, do you think she would mind if I missed it?” quipped one Twitter user.
“Gonna be streaming Raptors game while DJing Saturday’s wedding,” wrote another.
Others are getting ready for the game by placing bets on the prospective antics of Drake, the Toronto rapper who’s become a vocal and polarizing ambassador for his home team.
SportsBetting.ag began taking bets on Friday over the Drake-related shenanigans that could unfold during Game 6.
Possible options included whether Drake touches Raptors head coach Nick Nurse like he did in Game 4, and whether Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will speak to Drake.
Other wagers on offer include: Will Drake step onto the court? Will the NBA publicly warn Drake regarding his on-court behaviour? Will Drake be removed from Game 6 by security?
Michelle McQuigge and Alanna Rizza, The Canadian Press
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You are joining us live from the Halifax International Airport for the homecoming of Captain Jennifer Casey, a military Public Affairs Officer who was killed in a CF Snowbirds crash during Operation INSPIRATION.#CFSnowbirdsNous sommes en direct à l’Aéroport international d’Halifax afin d’assister au retour de la capitaine Jennifer Casey, officière des affaires publiques militaire qui a perdu la vie dans l’écrasement d’un appareil des Snowbirds des FC pendant l’op INSPIRATION.#SnowbirdsFC
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