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Jurassic Park reopens for Toronto Raptors playoff game with Philadelphia 76ers


  • SCORE UPDATE: The Toronto Raptors trail the Philadelphia 76ers late in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA first-round playoff series.

Scotiabank Arena reopened its Jurassic Park for Toronto Raptors fans on Saturday after COVID-19 restrictions kept the court closed for two years.

Thousands of fans flocked to the large court on the west side of the arena to watch Game 1 of the first-round playoff series between the Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers. The game itself takes place in Philadelphia.

Vera Perez said she was happy to be able to watch the Raptors play in a public setting again, but said she would always keep her mask on.

“I’m still 50-50, that’s why I’m still protecting myself…I’m not 100%,” she told CBC News.

“I’m vaccinated though… but hopefully it will go away, go away, you know. We have an elderly person and we have young children, so better be protected.”

Vera Perez says she’s happy to be able to watch the Raptors play in a public setting again, but says she’ll always keep her mask on. (Radio Canada)

Jessie Cabacos also wore a mask, but said he thought less about COVID-19 – especially with the vaccines available.

He said he was more concerned about a Raptors win.

“It’s amazing. It’s great to be here. The energy is going to be amazing,” Cabacos said.

“We’ve been waiting for this for almost 3 years”

Velda Foster, who is attending the match with her son, Matthew Da Silva, said she was happy that the pandemic restrictions were finally relaxed.

“We’ve been waiting for this for almost three years. We were here last time, so it’s a homecoming,” Foster said.

When asked if she was thinking about COVID-19, she replied “no, not now. I think we are fine”.

“It’s outdoors, especially here at Jurassic Park, so I’m looking forward to seeing some friendly faces and people who were here with us last time.

Jurassic Park reopens for Toronto Raptors playoff game with Philadelphia 76ers
Velda Foster watches the game from Jurassic Park with her son. She says she is happy that the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are being relaxed. (Radio Canada)

Da Silva expressed similar sentiments. “I feel safe. It’s good to be back, though, and seeing everyone. It’s still good,” he said.

“But I have a mask with me, so if I need it I can put it on. But I think we’re fine here.”

In previous playoffs, Jurassic Park has become an ubiquitous gathering for fans and garnered attention during Toronto’s run to an NBA championship in 2019.

Toronto Mayor John Tory, who is in COVID-19 quarantine at home, proclaimed Toronto Raptors Day earlier on Saturday.




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