The Toronto Raptors are one of the newest organizations in the NBA, joining the Association the same year current Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett did—1995. In its first season, Toronto had little to be impressed with, finishing 21-61, which was well out of playoff contention. The bright spot for the franchise was rookie point guard Damon Stoudamire, who led the team in scoring (19.0) and assists (9.3) his first season. The Raptors would make the playoffs for the first time during the 1999-2000 season, when they were led by the dynamic familial duo of Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady. Though McGrady wouldn’t become the star he’s remembered to be until after he left Toronto, “Vinsanity” was at the top of his game while a member of the Raptors. Carter would lead Toronto to three straight playoff appearances in the mid-2000s, but was eventually traded to the New Jersey Nets when the Raptors decided to rebuild. Toronto’s only two other playoff appearances came thanks to the strong play of forward Chris Bosh. The fourth overall selection in a loaded 2003 draft class, Bosh’s Raptors won the franchise’s only Atlantic Division title in 2007. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Toronto Raptors basketball tickets.
2013 Raptors Season Preview
The addition of Rudy Gay last season has given Toronto the firepower they needed, now can they parlay that into a playoff run in 2014? Andrea Bargnani was sent to NY for Steve Novak and draft picks, while they also brought in poing guard D.J. Augustin and Tyler Hansbrough. Novak might solve the outside-shooting problem, and they’ll hope Gay, DeRozan and Kyle Lowry mesh well in their first full season together. The Raptors will certainly be exciting this season, but can they be consistent?
The Raptors will open the season in the Deep South, taking on Atlanta on Nov. 1. Their first home game will be against Lebron James and the defending-champion Miami Heat at the Air Canada Centre on Nov. 5. Other key home games will be vs. Brooklyn on Nov. 26, vs. the Heat again on Nov. 29, and vs. the Knicks on Dec. 28.
Check out our Toronto Raptors Season Preview History page for previews of previous Raptors seasons.
Toronto Raptors Basketball at Air Canada Centre Address: 40 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2X2, Canada
The Raptors play their home games at the Air Canada Centre, located in Toronto, Ontario. When filled to capacity, the Air Canada Centre holds nearly 20 thousand screaming Raptor fans. Located in the heart of beautiful Toronto, the Air Canada Centre is also one of the only venues in professional sports with its own brewery on premises. The Toronto Raptors home bench is on the Air Canada Centre court side in front of section 118. Air Canada Centre parking information is covered in our Raptors event guide.
Raptors vs. Nets
The Raptors and Nets have met over 65 times in their history during the regular season with each team winning about half of the meetings. The two teams have also met once in the playoffs during the first round of the 2007 Eastern Conference playoffs. With Toronto and Brooklyn both playing in the same conference, this rivalry will only continue to get better in the years to come.
Raptors vs. Knicks
As division foes, the Raptors and the Knicks have faced off over 75 total times throughout the years. This rivalry peaked in the early 2000s when the two teams met in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Toronto and New York split the two playoff meetings which has been par for the course in this match-up as both teams have almost won the same amount of games in the overall series.
Raptors in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Raptors are still searching for their first NBA and Eastern Conference championships since they entered in the NBA in 1995. The franchise peaked in 2007 when they won a division title. Many feel the organization in on the up-swing with the best years for this organization yet to come.
Toronto Raptors Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a Raptors game?
Typically doors open 1 hour before game-time for the general public. On weeknights Gate 2 opens at 5:00 with the other gates opening 1 hour before the start of the game.
Where are good places to eat before a Raptors game?
Real Sports Bar is not far from AAC and is consistently voted one of the best sports bars in North America. We highly recommend getting to Real early as its reputation precedes it and often has long lines. If the lines are too long at Real, try Miller Tavern. It is only half a block from AAC and has some wonderful seafood options. If you are looking for an upscale dining experience try Harbour Sixty. Definitely on the high end of the price scale, but it makes for an unforgettable experience, and some of the best ribs you will find. There are a few great Italian places close to AAC, Rio Ranna’s Really Really Nice Restaurant, Pizzeria Liberetto, and Gusto 101 are all worth visiting. No Raptors eating guide would be complete without some traditional Canadian options. Try Joey Eaton Centre, 360 Restaurant, or Volo.
Where is the best place to park at The Air Canada Centre?
There are around 13,000 parking spaces accessible next to the Air Canada Centre and they run between $20 and $40. If you are looking to stay close to AAC, we recommend purchasing a parking pass with your ticket. There are a few city lots in the area, look for the green P parking signs. These lots are cheaper, usually between $12 and $16, but will be a farther walk. Union Rail Station is located next to AAC and is a great option for those looking to skip traffic and parking altogether.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Raptors game?
Children 23 months or younger may enter The Air Canada Centre without a ticket and must sit in a parents lap for the duration of the game. Be prepared to show proof of your child’s age at the gate.
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Once in a lifetime experience My first Raptors game was a amazing first time experience. Being there up close and live cheering on my team with other fans was an experience I'll never forget October 21, 2012