It’s Almost Like Home: Raptors to Allow Fans in Tampa

Tampa, Fla., isn’t actually the home of the Toronto Raptors, but the Raptors are inviting some fans to attend their games there anyway.

According to a release from the Raptors, a limited number of supporters will be able to attend games at Amalie Arena, where the team has moved for at least the first part of the season.

The Raptors are making 3,200 seats available for pre-season “home” games and as many as 3,800 for the first 11 regular-season games.

As will be the case in other NBA buildings, there won’t be anything resembling floor seats at Amalie Arena, and any fan entering the building will have to undergo a health screening survey. All fans over the age of 2 will also be required to wear a mask.

“As the Raptors call Tampa home for the start of the NBA season, the team looks forward to the opportunity to thank the community for their support while continually emphasizing the important steps required of all of us for a full return of fans when it is safe to do so,” Raptors vice president of ticket sales Tom McDonald said in a statement.

It is not yet known when the Raptors will be able to return to their home base in Toronto.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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