Raptors in the NBA Finals! Expanded Jurassic Park - Information on Road Closures and Access Routes

I join with our entire city - and many across the country - in the excitement that the Raptors will be playing in the NBA finals. Game 1 is tonight in Toronto at 9pm. 

The City of Toronto has been working closely in recent days with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), Toronto Police, and the TTC to finalize plans ensuring that the Finals series is safe and fun for everyone. In anticipation of many thousands of residents and visitors coming to the neighbourhood to cheer for the Raptors, measures are being put in place to limit impacts to everyday activities in the vicinity of Scotiabank Arena, but residents and businesses should plan ahead for some delay and disruption on game days.

The first two games of the series are being held at Scotiabank Arena. Game 1 is tonight, starting at 9 PM. Game 2 is this Sunday, June 2, starting at 8 PM.

For Game 1 today, street closures are planned to accommodate crowds cheering for the Raptors at an expanded Jurassic Park, which will include additional large viewing screens:

  • Bremner Boulevard, from York Street to Lake Shore Boulevard, will close at 7 AM until midnight.
  • York Street, from Front Street down to Lake Shore Boulevard, will close at 1 PM until midnight.
  • Bremner Boulevard, from Lower Simcoe Street to York Street, will close at 1 PM until midnight.

There will be an increased police presence, MLSE security, and MLSE wayfinding staff to help with crowd management and safety. Emergency access routes will be maintained through the planned closure areas. Local vehicular access is also planned to be maintained to the extent that police officers on site determine it is safe to do so.

Local residents and businesses should be aware that Toronto Police may make the decision to implement unplanned road closures in the wider area to protect public safety, such as in the event that crowds move or spontaneously gather in unanticipated locations. Experience from each game day will inform improved planning for future game days.

Those of us who live and work in downtown Toronto, and especially near Scotiabank Arena, have the rare privilege to host this seven-game series in our community. That means all the fun and activity is right on our doorstep, and we'll also need to make some accommodations for it in our day-to-day activities.