Raptors fever cannot be contained. Following the Toronto Raptors’ historic win on Saturday night, the whole country broke out in fandom.
A whopping 6.8M viewers tuned in to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday, making it the all-time most-watched basketball game in Canada to date. But, with the Raptors in the NBA Finals, you can count on Game 1 against the Warriors drawing in even more viewers on Thursday night.
While you can certainly watch the game at home on Sportsnet and TSN, it’s always more fun watching with a crowd.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 27, 2019
Below, we rounded up some of our favourite places across the GTA that are playing the Raptors vs. Warriors NBA Finals.
MLSE has teamed up with Cineplex to offer Raptors fans a chance to watch the NBA Finals on the big screen. Thirty-three theatres across Canada will host Raptors viewing parties with tickets available starting on Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. The free tickets will only be available for in-person pickup. Tickets will be limited to two per person, per game.
Every seat in this two-storey music and sports bar is a good seat. With six colossal 14-foot projection screens and dozens of HD flat screens spread out across the bar, this is easily the best place in Ajax to watch the game.
Head to Jurassic Park East to watch the game on the big screen. The City of Pickering received special permission from MLSE to show the NBA Finals at their recreation complex.
A great spot to watch the game, The Rad Brother’s are celebrating the Raptors first NBA Finals with a carnivorous feast. Simply Smoked barbecue will supply the meat for Game 1, but you don’t have to eat meat to watch the game here. There will be plenty of drinks and other delicious dishes and specials available for purchase.
The cities of Brampton and Mississauga have obtained permission from MLSE to set up Jurrasic Park-style viewing parties in their very own city squares. Both venues will show all games of the NBA Finals for free.
With plenty of seating and screens all around, this is one of the best places to watch the game in Brampton. With menu items like Dry Rub Buffalo & Mango wings and Dragon Stout BBQ sauce, you’ll have a hard time choosing just one thing to eat off of this menu.
Watch the game while eating half-price wings at Rally Restaurant. The popular sports bar (which also has a Yonge St. location) will be showing all four currently scheduled games at both venues.
Watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals at the Aaniin Community Centre and Library. Be sure to arrive early if you’re planning on taking advantage of the facility’s parking.
This massive pool hall has multiple big-screen TVs that are perfect for watching the game on. The Corner Bank will also offer yet-to-be-determined food and drink specials during the series.