Raptors in the NBA Finals! Updates on Expanded Jurassic Park, Safety Measures, and Road Closures for Game 6

I join with our entire city - and many across the country - in the excitement that the Raptors are playing in the NBA finals.

While the Raptors are on the road tomorrow, Thursday, June 13, for Game 6 starting at 9 PM, a very large crowd is still expected downtown. 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.

On Thursday, street closures will be implemented to accommodate crowds cheering for the Raptors at an expanded Jurassic Park, which will include additional large viewing screens. Some closures will begin as early as 7 AM. The following streets are affected (map):

Closing at 7 AM

  • Maple Leaf Square (Bremner Boulevard between Lake Shore Boulevard West and York Street) will be closed until 2 AM.

Closing at 9 AM

  • York Street between Lake Shore Boulevard West and Front Street West will be closed until 2 AM.
  • Bremner Boulevard between Lower Simcoe Street and York Street will be closed until 2 AM.

Closing at noon

  • Bremner Boulevard between Lower Simcoe Street and Rees Street will be closed until 2 AM.
  • Lower Simcoe Street between Lake Shore Boulevard West and Front Street West will be closed until 2 AM.

In addition, exit ramps in both directions from the Gardiner Expressway to streets between Lower Simcoe and Yonge will be closed as early as 10 PM and may remain closed until 4 AM. The ramps to Spadina and to Jarvis will remain open.

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.

The TTC will have additional service available on Thursday evening to get people to and from the game. The last subway trains out of Union Station will depart at 2:25 AM. Please see the TTC’s dedicated web page for details of game night service adjustments, and follow @TTCnotices on Twitter throughout the evening for service updates. Many surface routes are planned to detour around crowds.

Please let any visiting friends and family who may be coming downtown on GO Transit know that the Union Station Bus Terminal will be closed at approximately 9 PM. Arrangements are being made for bus trips to connect with GO Train or TTC subway lines to continue to and from downtown. Complete schedule and route information will be available at http://www.gotransit.com/.

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.

Let's go Raptors!