Looking for Toronto Raptor tickets for sale? Find out more about the team. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, and part of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the mid 1990s, NBS expanded its teams into Canada, bringing with it the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, in 2001 the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis, Tennessee where they became the Memphis Grizzlies, leaving the Toronto Raptors as the only NBA team in Canada. Toronto Raptors plays their home games and practices at the Air Canada Centre.
In their early years, the Toronto Raptors struggled as a team, which was not all that uncommon of expansion basketball teams. However, when Vince Carter was drafted to the team, he helped them set a variety of league attendance records in 1998, and they attended the NBA Playoffs three years in a row; in 2000, 2001 and 2002. The player became vital to the success of the team, and helped them gain 47 wins in their first playoff series, helping the Toronto Raptors reach the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Cheap Toronto Raptor tickets can still be found here on our site.
The Toronto Raptors play their home games at the Air Canada Centre, location in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Bay Street. The Air Canada Centre is also home to several other sports teams in Canada including the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). At one time, the Air Canada Centre was also home to the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League (AFL). The Air Canada Centre spans 665,000 square feet and is connected to the Union Station as well providing 13,000 parking spaces within walking distance. As you see, there is plenty of exercise when you purchase Toronto Raptor basketball tickets.
When the team first came about, it was originally going to be named the Toronto Huskies. However, this made it difficult coming up with a logo design and mascot that did not resemble the Minnesota Timberwolves. For this reason, the team’s manager and owner decided to hold a contest in order to help decide the name, colors, and logo. During the contest, more than 2,000 people sent in their guesses, after which there were 10 final choices; Grizzlies, Raptors, Scorpions, Dragons, Bobcats, Beavers, Hogs, T-Rex, Terriers, and Tarantulas.
In 1994, the team finally announced that they chose the Raptors, and called their team the Toronto Raptors. That same year, the team’s first General Manager, Isiah Thomas, revealed the team’s logo and colors which are black, silver, red, and purple. They chose Naismith silver as an ode to the inventor of basketball, James Naismith who was a Canadian. To this day, the team’s red mascot, The Raptor, continues to be a fan favorite as he entertains the crowd, dunks baskets, and “roars” at fans. If you're ready to roar as a fan, get Toronto Raptors tickets today.