Raps offer ducat deal

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Two out of three have been bad and the Toronto Raptors want to do something about it.

After drawing small crowds in their second and third home games of the regular season, the Raptors are offering fans who bought tickets for single games last season 50% off tickets for any of the next four home games.

"We don't typically get into the business of discounts," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. "This is just a short-term thing. We're looking to sell as many tickets in the early going and the team has not been around to help (because of a six-game trip that ends tonight in Denver)."

The discount, also extended to those who bought tickets for any of the first three games, is being offered for games against the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday, the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, the New York Knicks on Nov. 24 and the Washington Wizards on Nov. 28.

On Nov. 7, the Raptors and visiting Portland Trail Blazers drew just 13,863 fans, the lowest home crowd in franchise history. Two days earlier, the Raptors and defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons played before only 15,284 fans. The season opener against the Houston Rockets was played before a capacity crowd of 19,800.

Despite a difficult 2003-04 campaign in which the Raptors won just 33 games, Anselmi said 83% of season-ticket holders renewed for this season. The Raptors have 11,000 season-ticket holders, including suites.


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