Are you a die-hard Toronto Raptors fan? Have you always dreamed of bumping into a player on the street and grabbing a selfie for the gram? With the Raptors calling the 6ix their home, there are plenty of places that these players like to go on their off time to enjoy the city.
Just like us, they have their favourite food joints, tourist attractions, and areas around the city where they like to escape to before and after their big games.
Well, luckily for you, we’ve come up with a list of hotspots that might be able to spot one of the players. We’ve narrowed it down to the top 6 spots in the city where you might bump into a Raptor.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
If you ever lived in Toronto, chances are you've hit up this underwater adventure once or twice, and so has Fred VanVleet. That's right. The Raptors star recently revealed that he and his family love going to the aquarium. "We go to the aquarium a lot. My daughter loves it. I think my girlfriend loves it more than all of us. We used to live on Queens Quay, so we’d go right there all the time," VanVleet told Elle Magazine last month.
This delicious dim-sum place is a favourite of Serge Ibaka. Ibaka loves to go to the restaurant after a big win to celebrate. So, whenever the Raptors have a great game head over to Rol San for some tasty fried rice and a chance to catch a basketball legend riding on cloud nine.
Tiny Record Shop
This humble little shop says it all in its name, but despite its lowkey existence, it still attracts at least one big-name from time to time. Fred VanVleet is known to sift the vinyl, and he sometimes likes to do it on Queen Street West. “Loved having an NBA World Champ like Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors pop into the shop tonight — no big deal, right?” wrote the record store in an Instagram post about the sighting.
If you live in the west-end near Lakeshore, congratulations, you've just increased your chances of spotting a few Raptors. Why? Because the team's OVO athletic centre is located right along the Gardiner expressway and it's just a hop and a skip away from Budweiser stage and Medieval times. Oh, and you also have a decent chance of spotting Drake there as well, no big deal.
I know, I know its a little obvious, but it is also undeniable. The Raptors play there, so if you live in that area or even if you just hang around there enough, you probably stand a pretty good chance of catching a glimpse of one the boys. No guarantees, but nothing in life is guaranteed, kid.
This one stands out on the list for being the most wholesome place to bump in a Raptor. Kyle Lowry is known to bounce around youth and community centers as part of his foundation's annual Thanksgiving fundraiser.
Lowry has been spotted everywhere from Moss Park to Cabbagetown at the John Innes Community Centre and the Cabbagetown Youth Centre. I wouldn't recommend going to these events just for a quick snap of Lowry, but if you get involved with these communities, you might run into the Raptor legend.
However, with basketball season just about to get underway, it seems that the Raptors are spending more time practicing then they are exploring the city.
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