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The Toronto Raptors started training in the Sunshine State yesterday.

Becasue it’s difficult to move around Canada becasue of Covid restrictions, the team has temporarily relocated to our beautiful bay area. This is the first time Tampa is home to an NBA team. And the Raptors are thrilled about their new digs.

Our friends at ABC Action News caught up with Raptors General Manager, Bobby Webster, and found out why they chose Tampa.

1. The world-class facility they’ll be playing in: Amalie Arena. Amalie is home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s an amazing venue. Fans love it for many reasons, including that there’s not a bad seat in the house.

2. Comfy living. Who doesn’t love Tampa Bay weather, especially now. Webster said, “So having some sunshine, some Vitamin-D is a boost not only for the players but staff making a huge sacrifice to come here.”

3. Great practice and medical facilities. The Raptors will play at Amalie but hold practiecs at St. Leo University in Pasco County.

We may see the Raptors play as many as 36 regular-season home games at Amalie Arena. We are still waiting to see if the NBA will give fans permission to attend games.

Of course, the Toronto Blue Jays hold spring training in Dunedin. Webster added, “I do hear there are a number of Canadians that live down there in the winter.”

The new Raptors slogan is “We The South.” We welcome them!

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