Raptors Headed to Halifax

It’s being widely reported that members of the Raptors organization are going to be in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Thursday to announce that the Raptors will hold their 2012 training camp there.

The early October camp will reportedly be held at the Canada Games Centre, with a scrimmage held at the Metro Centre on October 6.

Besides Toronto, the Raps have held training camps in Europe, Ottawa and Vancouver over the last five years, as well as playing a pre-season game in Montreal against the Knicks, which they will do again on October 19 of this year. They will also play an intra-squad scrimmage at Casino Rama on October 28.

Hopefully this cross Canada presence continues in the future.

I’m fully aware that there are plenty of basketball fans in Canada (outside of Toronto) that cheer for other NBA teams, and that’s perfectly fine. But basketball is booming in this country like never before (as evidenced by the growing level of young Canadian talent), and if the Raptors play their cards right as an organization from coast to coast, they really can make this “Canada’s Team” going forward, especially among younger and newer fans.

Update: As expected, the Raptors officially announced on Thursday that training camp will be held in Halifax from October 1-6, concluding with an intra-squad scrimmage on October 6.

Comments (8)

  1. It would have helped the whole process if Steve Nash had decided to come back.
    But… you know… the children, and the family and bla bla bla…

  2. I live in Grande Prairie Alberta, and all my friends have a team they root for AND the Raptors. Coast to coast Rapts nation.

  3. What a waste of time, no one gives a shit about this team outside of Southern Ontario.

    • If that’s the case though, then isn’t it only more reason for the team to at least try to establish some roots around the country?

      There are plenty of NBA fans in Canada but outside of Toronto that make a constant joke out of the Raps, and I want no part of those bandwagon fans if this team eventually evolves into a winner.

      But there are also a ton of basketball fans in Canada that I think would love a reason to support this team, and also a lot of young fans that can be influenced into becoming life long Raptors fans. Those are the fans I believe can be cultivated from future success and events like this.

      • Yeah, I understand what they’re attempting to do but it won’t have any impact until the team starts winning again on a consistent basis.

  4. I’d like to know when the D-League is going to have a Canadian team.

  5. Hopefully they learned from last time and get the right people to build a court so it doesnt get watered out.

    And I like that they are taking training camp abroad. We can see the exhibition games here. Doesnt hurt to have training camp far away and maybe get a few new fans….and the players have nothing to do out there but practice. That cant be bad.

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