Tory Reveals That The Raptors Are In The Works Of Re-Opening Their Practice Facility
The OVO Athletic Centre could be re-opening.
With the NBA season being suspended, the Raptors have been staying at home and practicing social distancing. However, it does appear that fans got a glimpse of good news on Monday. Mayor John Tory announced that they are looking into getting the Toronto Raptors' practice facility back up and running.
In an interview with CP24 on Monday, John Tory revealed that he had been in contact with Raptors officials about the possibility of re-opening their Exhibition practice facility.
Tory noted that he has been in talks with the team's Presidentand General Manager Bobby Webster about lifting the restriction on their OVO practice space. However, the final decision will be left up to public health officials.
While it is still unlikely that we could see the Raptors getting back into theiranytime soon, the discussion is some of the first about how the team will resume operating in a post-COVID-19 world.
"We are seeing if we can work something out, and we will try our best to do that, obviously, but there are many precautions that need to be taken into account and many details that have to be sorted out," Tory said.
"We want to make sure that on the one hand and most importantly we keep everybody safe, including the players, coaches, staff and everybody else, but on the other hand that our team doesn't fall into a situation where they are at a disadvantage," he added.
At the moment, no specific dates or details regarding when the facility could re-open have been given.
Officials have made it clear thatis still a long time off from resuming.
"Obviously the paramount concern continues to be, as it always has been, about everyone's health including that of the Toronto Raptors themselves and we will sort out with the province whatever seems best in terms of allowing that kind of very limited activity to happen at the practice centre," Tory concluded.
According to ESPN, the NBA has announced that it will be re-opening practice facilities across America on Friday.
However, these facilities will only open in states where restrictions have loosened.
If Toronto is one of the teams that will be able to get back on the court by the end of the week is up to public health officials.