Here’s Why The Pre-Season Game Win For The Toronto Raptors Was Special For The Team, The City And Fans

October couldn’t come any sooner for sports fans because basketball and the Toronto Raptors are back and stronger than ever.

The Raps played their first preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers and took the win inside the packed Scotiabank Arena after a 585-day hiatus away from fans and their home arena.

The last time the Raptors played in front of a crowd, and inside the Scotiabank Arena, was in February 2020.

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Raptors beat Philly 123-107 with their bench players making a statement on the court.

Rookie Scottie Barnes made his debut last night scoring 13 points, nine rebounds, six assets, two steals and two blocks. The no. 4 2021 NBA draft pick has become a fan favourite among fans.

Barnes impressed fans and Raptors management during the Summer League and his NBA workouts.

Raptors beloved point guard Kyle Lowry is no longer on the team however, Fred Van Vleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are looking to lead the way into the new post-Kyle Lowry era.

Under the current Health and Safety regulations, the maximum capacity for the venue is 10,000 spectators and the Scotiabank Arena tweeted the new procedures to ensure staff and fans remain safe.

Fans are highly suggested not to bring bags unless it’s a small clutch bag with or without handles. Also, tickets must be shown on their mobile phone, and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination along with a piece of government ID is required.

Unfortunately, patrons who show a negative COVID-19 test will not be allowed to enter, unless guests have a verified medical exemption. Children who are under the age of 11 will be exempt from proof of vaccination and testing requirements.

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