Tampa Bay Emerges as Potential Landing Spot for the Raptors
The Toronto Raptors hope to play their season in Toronto.
As the team’s search for a home continues, president Masai Ujiri continues to hold onto the slight bit of hope that the Raptors may end up staying at home.
“We understand … how difficult this is. We understand that we have to be very sensitive to the pandemic and we respect public health. But we’re also a team that is passionate about our community,” Ujiri told The Current. “We’re passionate about giving people a sense of hope.”
The city of #Tampa is in preliminary discussions with the Toronto Raptors to host the #NBA team this season in the case the #Raptors aren’t able to play games in Toronto because of existing Canadian travel restrictions. #TampaBay #WeTheNorth
— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) November 12, 2020
Sadly, this does not appear to be a realistic possibility at this point.
Nashville and Kansas City have already been thrown out as viable spots for the Raptors to land. This week there is a new spot and one that appears to be a little bit more realistic – I think.
Tampa Bay, Florida.
“Ideally, the Raptors are able to play their upcoming season in Toronto, but should that not be possible, we would have a strong interest in working to successfully meet and exceed their expectations as an alternative host,” said Rob Higgins, the executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “We’ve enjoyed our preliminary conversations with their organization and stand ready to assist if needed.”
The NBA season is set to commence in just over a month and time is starting running out for the Raptors as training camp quickly approaches.
You’ve heard this before, but the clock is very much ticking.