The most-asked question of Toronto Raptor’s fans this weekend is undoubtedly ‘where will you be watching the game?’ Some fans are forking out up to $100,000 to get courtside seats, and others are queueing up to two days in advance to get a good spot in Toronto’s Jurassic Park. The question remains as to where the rest of us will go to see if the Raptors can finish off the Golden State Warriors, to become NBA champions for the first time in history.
Canadian venues across the country are going out of their way to provide a communal viewing space for fans who want to experience the potentially-historic game amongst others. Across Canada, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and bars are all opening their doors to show the game to those who want to watch the Raptors in Game 5 on Monday night, June 10.
If you are in the greater Toronto area and don’t fancy the hectic atmosphere of the Jurassic Park locations, there is a particularly awesome option in East Gwillimbury, just north of the city, where they are offering drive-in basketball viewing.
Local and visiting fans have been invited to cheer on the Raptors in the unusual setting of the StarDust Drive-In cinema on Mount Albert Road. Viewers can choose to stay in their car to enjoy the ‘classic’ drive-in experience or bring blankets and chairs to sit outside and soak up the atmosphere.
Even better, the viewing event is completely free, but the cinema is accepting donations on the door to go towards the Town of East Gwillimbury Youth and Community Initiatives Fund, which provides funding to community groups, elite athletes, and youth to participate in sports, activities, and community events.
Game 5 will start at 9 PM, while gates will be open to the general public from 7 PM for guests to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and have a chat with other Raptors fans. The game will be screened regardless of the weather on the night.
For fans interested in a different cinematic experience, select Cineplex cinemas across the city are offering free screenings of Game 5 on Monday night, completely free. Fans are limited to just two tickets per person and locations include Scarborough, Eglinton Town Centre, Vaughan, and Courtney Park.
Wherever you decide to watch the game on Monday night, whether it be alone, with friends or in a public viewing spot, it is sure to be a nail-biting game as the Toronto Raptors prepare to attempt to make NBA Championship history.