July 26, 2012
Raptors going to HalifaxWill hold training camp in Maritimes
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The Raptors are returning to Halifax.
On Thursday, the team made the long-expected announcement that it would hold training camp in Halifax Oct. 1-6, including an intra-squad game at the Halifax Metro Centre on the final day.
The first game in franchise history was played there on Oct. 14, 1995, when the Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 120-107 in pre-season action.
Pre-season games were played in Nova Scotia the following two years, but the Raptors have not been back since 1997.
The NBA lockout wiped out training camp last year. Previously, the team has held camp in cities like Ottawa, Waterloo and Vancouver, as well as in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2000 and 2001, and in Europe in 2007.
Practices, which will be closed to the public, will be held at the Canada Games Centre.
A donation of $10 per ticket for the intra-squad game is suggested and will go to Feed Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Education Program, Kidsport Nova Scotia and YWCA Supportive Housing for Young Mothers.
They will be available at AML Communications locations beginning Friday.
Halifax has long been a hoops hotbed. The city hosted the CIS championship for 24 years from 1984-2007, as well as the past two years, and the Halifax Rainmen, now of the National Basketball League of Canada, have been around since 2007-08 with other teams playing in the city before that.
The NBA schedule will be released on Thursday night. The Raptors have a tuneup game scheduled for Montreal on Oct. 19.