Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions between Canada and the United States, the Toronto Raptors will start the 2020-21 NBA season in Tampa, Florida.
Here are some fast facts on Amalie Arena, which is where the Raptors will play their home games in Tampa.
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Amalie Arena is located in downtown Tampa.
Amalie Arena is home of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the Stanley Cup in 2019-20. It was previously the home of the AFL's Tampa Bay Storm and LFL's Tampa Breeze.
The arena opened in 1996 as the Ice Palace. In the years since, it has hosted the 1999 NHL All-Star Game, the 2007 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, the 2008 NCAA Women's Final Four, UFC events and more.
Then known as St. Pete Times Forum, the arena was scheduled to host a preseason game between the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat in 2010, but slippery court conditions forced a cancellation .
Between 2011-13, Amalie Arena underwent a $62 million transformation.
It's still unknown if fans will be permitted to attend games, but Amalie Arena is listed as having 20,500 seats for basketball games.
For comparison, Scotiabank Arena, where the Raptors play their home games in Toronto, is listed as having 19,800 seats.
|Dec. 23||New Orleans Pelicans||7:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 26||at San Antonio Spurs||9:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 29||at Philadelphia 76ers||7:00 p.m.|
|Dec. 31||New York Knicks||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 2||at New Orleans Pelicans (NBA TV)||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 4||Boston Celtics||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 6||at Phoenix Suns||9:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 8||at Sacramento Kings||10:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 10||at Golden State Warriors||8:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 11||at Portland Trail Blazers||10:00 p.m.|
|Jan 14.||Charlotte Hornets||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan 16.||Charlotte Hornets (NBA TV)||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 18||Dallas Mavericks||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 20||Miami Heat||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 22||Miami Heat||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 24||at Indiana Pacers (NBA TV)||3:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 25||at Indiana Pacers||7:00 p.m.|
|Jan. 27||Milwaukee Bucks||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 29||Sacramento Kings||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 31||Orlando Magic||6:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 2||at Orlando Magic||7:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 5||at Brooklyn Nets (ESPN)||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 6||at Atlanta Hawks||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 8||at Memphis Grizzlies||8:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 10||at Washington Wizards||7:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 12||at Boston Celtics||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 14||Minnesota Timberwolves||6:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 16||at Milwaukee Bucks||8:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 18||at Milwaukee Bucks (TNT)||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 19||at Minnesota Timberwolves||8:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 21||Philadelphia 76ers||6:00 p.m.|
|Feb. 23||Philadelphia 76ers||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 24||at Miami Heat (ESPN)||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 26||Houston Rockets||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 28||Chicago Bulls||7:30 p.m.|
|Mar. 2||Detroit Pistons||7:30 p.m.|
|Mar. 4||at Boston Celtics||7:00 p.m.|
*All times eastern
*Bold = home games
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