Toronto Raptors

Raptors receive official approval to play home games in Toronto in 2021-22 season

It's official.

The Toronto Raptors have received approval from the Canadian government to play their home games at Scotiabank Arena during the 2021-22 NBA season, per a team spokesperson.

Last season, the Raptors called Tampa, FL their temporary home, playing all 36 of their home games at Tampa's Amalie Arena because of travel restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to playing in a temporary home arena, the franchise used a transformed hotel ballroom as its practice facility during the 2020-21 season.

Whether or not full attendance will be permitted at Scotiabank Arena has yet to be determined, however, fans who attend games will be required to show proof of vaccination, per a statement from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment .

The Raptors first take the floor at Scotiabank Arena in their preseason opener when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, Oct. 4. Toronto will also host the Houston Rockets in a preseason contest one week later on Oct. 11.

In addition to the preseason schedule, the Raptors will open the 2021-22 regular season at Scotiabank Arena when they host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The Raptors last played at Scotiabank Arena on Feb. 28, 2020.

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