Raptors in the NBA Finals! Updates on Expanded Jurassic Park, Safety Measures, and Road Closures
I join with our entire city - and many across the country - in the excitement that the Raptors are playing in the NBA finals. Game 5 is tonight here in Toronto at 9 PM. A very large crowd is anticipated.
The City of Toronto has been working closely throughout the series with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), Toronto Police, and the TTC to ensure 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 in Game 5, expanded measures are being put in place. Residents and businesses should plan ahead for some delay and disruption.
For Game 5 tonight, street closures are being implemented to accommodate crowds cheering for the Raptors at an expanded Jurassic Park, which will include additional large viewing screens:
- Bremner Boulevard, from Lower Simcoe Street to Lake Shore Boulevard, is closed until 2 AM.
- York Street, from Front Street down to Lake Shore Boulevard, is closed until 2 AM.
- Bremner Boulevard, from Lower Simcoe Street to Rees Street, will close at 5 PM until 2 AM.
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.
The TTC will have additional service available tonight to get people to and from the game.
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.
Those of us who live and work in downtown Toronto, and especially near Scotiabank Arena, have the rare privilege to host the NBA Finals in our community and cheer for the Raptors. 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.