The Raptors are going to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history and Toronto is making sure nothing gets in the way of their moment. From cancelling concerts to suspending subway closures, Toronto is making moves to ensure that Thursday night runs as smoothly as possible in the city. Preparations are well underway for Game 1 of the Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State NBA Finals.
Earlier this month, The Who rescheduled their much-anticipated June 1st concert to accommodate the Raptors' playoff schedule. The English rockers bumped their Toronto date to September 3rd.
The Who weren’t the only group to face scheduling issues due to the Raptors. Twenty One Pilots announced on Sunday that they had no choice but to cancel their second show booked for May 29th, following the team’s Game 6 victory over the Bucks:
Due to anticipated Toronto Raptors playoff schedule, The Who's concert on Saturday, June 1 has been moved to Tuesda… https://t.co/1h3hzQRZD2— The Who (@The Who) 1557507890.0
congrats @Raptors on making the finals. this means we have to cancel night number two of our toronto shows for the… https://t.co/sWIrxBMo9v— twenty one pilots (@twenty one pilots) 1558905660.0
Despite their words of support for the team, many fans were not happy to hear about the sudden cancellation:
the twenty one pilots concert in toronto got cancelled and i really just wanna flush myself down the toilet https://t.co/eeKWtIXXsC— elle *fart noise* (@elle *fart noise*) 1558941684.0
The TTC was also forced to cancel a scheduled early closure on Line 1 Thursday night to help Raptors fans make their way around the city for the game. Subway service was initially expected to end at 11:00 PM between Eglinton and Bloor-Yonge stations for subway corridor maintenance. Thankfully, the TTC ditched that plan to accommodate the fans.
Line 1: We’re cancelling the early closure between Eglinton & Bloor/Yonge this Thursday only so that everyone can g… https://t.co/lcGU0wjhEJ— TTC Service Alerts (@TTC Service Alerts) 1559037625.0
Cancellations aside, Peel Regional Police have issued a warning to Raptors fans today as well. According to CityNews, the police’s Fraud Bureau has received several reports of people paying for game tickets online only to discover that they were fake. Peel Police warns that the scam is ongoing and is targeting sports fans.
The Raptors will face off against the Warriors in Toronto at 9:00 PM on Thursday night. Those looking to buy tickets should make sure to purchase them off a certified retailer. And be prepared to spend a fortune!