Raptors will play remainder of season in Tampa


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When the Raptors made the unavoidable decision to begin the 2020-21 season in Tampa, the hope was always that they would be back in the familiar confines of Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena for the second half of the season.

Sadly, that will not be the case.

The team announced Thursday that due to ongoing border restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic — the same reason that sent them to Tampa in the first place, the team will play out the rest of their home schedule at Amalie Arena, home to the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Florida has been really welcoming to us and we’re so grateful for the hospitality we’ve found in Tampa and at Amalie – we’re living in a city of champions, and we intend to carry on the tradition of winning for our new friends and fans here,” Raptors’ president Masai Ujiri said.

“But home is where the heart is, and our hearts are in Toronto. We think often of our fans, of our Scotiabank Arena family, and all those we are missing back home, and we can’t wait until we can all be together again.”

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