Just like peanut butter and jelly, the Toronto Raptors and Drake are undeniably a perfect partnership. Drake, a Toronto native and quite possibly the team's most recognizable fan, can often be identified cheering on the Raptors from his courtside seats amongst a sea of fans. In fact, many fans have claimed that Drake has propelled the Toronto NBA team to new heights.
But, Drake just took his relationship with the Toronto Raptors to the next level: the team's training facility has just been renamed in his honour. On Wednesday, OVO branding was installed outside the Raptors practice facility.
Formerly known as the BioSteel Centre (which until yesterday, sat nameless this season), the building will ultimately become the OVO Athletics Training Centre, according to several news sources.
Reports indicate that Drake - whose OVO logo beams with pride at the front of the Raptors' practice facility - will be provided with a key to the building. According to Josh Lewenberg, the Raptors News Reporter for TSN, Drake already possessed a stall in the Raptors locker room at Scotiabank Arena.
Drake, who already had a stall in the Raptors locker room at Scotiabank Arena, now has a key to their practice facility and his logo on the front of the building. Literally. No joke.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 14, 2019
OVO stands for “October’s Very Own,” referring to Drake's birthday month. Both his record label and clothing line are branded with the acronym, and now, the Raptors’ practice facility can be added to the list of assets that have been officially marked with the magic of Drake's golden touch.
The training facility is 68,000-square-feet in size and boasts two full-size basketball courts, numerous locker rooms, training and medical facilities, and luxurious player amenities.
NBA.com also confirms that the facility includes a "technologically advanced cognitive operations centre" powered by IBM Watson, which performs data analysis that gets populated through the centre's interactive displays and on mobile devices.
Here it is! The Toronto Raptors Training Facility (Formally known as BioSteel Centre) is now OVO Athletic Centre. According to TSN’s @JLew1050, Drake will have a key to the facility. #WeTheNorth @CP24 @Raptors pic.twitter.com/iIIoTscXkr— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) March 14, 2019
Toronto Raptors' practice facility named after Drake's OVO - Yardbarker https://t.co/QGHdMaQgIr— Drake (@DrakeTHEfan) March 14, 2019
There's no question that Drake is truly invested in his favourite Toronto team. And the sentiment is clearly mutual, as the Raptors make a point of showing the 32-year-old Canadian rapper how much they appreciate his support.
Every year, the Raptors host an annual "Drake Night", a special event that features themed black-and-gold jerseys and court paintings. Raptors President Masai Ujiri reportedly told ESPN last season, "He's lifted us in more ways than you can even know."