Game 5: Where to watch the Toronto Raptors in Edmonton
The Toronto Raptors have a chance to win the NBA championship, and Edmontonians will be watching
The Toronto Raptors have a chance Monday to become the first Canadian team to win the NBA championship, and fans in Edmonton will likely be flocking to bars and parties to watch.
Led by Kawhi Leonard on Friday, the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 105 to 92 to take a 3-1 series lead, one game away from winning the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
If the Raptors win Game 5, they will be the first Canadian team to ever take the trophy.
Here are a few places where Edmonton fans will be watching.
Cineplex will host NBA Finals watch parties at Scotiabank Theatre in West Edmonton Mall, and at the South Edmonton Common location. Both events are already sold out.
On the outskirts of Edmonton in Enoch Cree Nation, the River Cree Resort and Casino will be hosting a free watch party.
In Spruce Grove, Parkland Community Basketball is hosting a watch party at Ecole Broxton Park School.
The Edmonton Stingers will be at Boston Pizza in Sherwood Park, 11 Broadway Blvd., for a watch party. Fans will be able to meet Stingers players and get autographs and pictures taken.
While there have not been any "Jurassic Park" outdoor watch parties in Edmonton, many fans have been flocking to bars like The Pint, 1st Rnd, and Mercer Tavern.
Raptors fans on social media have been calling for an outdoor watch party, like the ones sportscasts have shown in cities like Saskatoon, Regina, and Halifax.
Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YEGCC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#YEGCC</a>, will there be anywhere in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YEG?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#YEG</a> that Edmontonians can gather to watch the <a href="https://twitter.com/Raptors?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Raptors</a> game on Monday evening? Maybe Churchill Square could become Cretaceous Square for the night? ;) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeTheNorth?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WeTheNorth</a>—@brianlabelle
why are there no non-bar, outdoor viewing parties for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Raptors?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Raptors</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Yeg?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Yeg</a> when they at least have some in *squints* Regina and Halifax?—@like_themineral
Eric Fawcett, an Edmonton-based writer for NBA Canada, said he was surprised that the "Jurassic Park" trend hasn't hit Edmonton.
"Maybe someone in the community, whether it be a club entity or something elsewhere, would maybe step up and put something forward," Fawcett said. "I think that would be very well attended if it happened. I just think it's up to someone to kind of make that first step in and kind of execute that plan."