The Toronto Raptors are coming to Victoria for their annual training camp next month, but now the public will have an opportunity to watch the team in action.
The Raptors had already announced they’d hold the camp at the University of Victoria from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 before playing a pair of pre-season games in Edmonton and Montreal.
But the team now says it’ll hold its annual open practice and charity scrimmage game while they’re in B.C.’s capital, Friday, Sept. 30 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
The event is being organized with help from local non-profit Friends of Victoria Basketball, which also helped deliver the FIBA World Cup Qualifier between Canada and Argentina at the Save-On Centre.
Tickets will be by donation, from a minimum of $2o up to $40, with proceeds going to local Indigenous organizations. They will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday on the Select Your Tickets website.
This is the second time the Raptors have held camp in Victoria, the previous time being 2017, and the seventh time the team has chosen B.C. for camp. This will also be the first time since 2019 — the year they won the NBA championship — that the Raptors will play Canadian games outside Toronto.
With files from The Canadian Press.