Kansas City is reportedly poised for the opportunity to host Raptors in case they eventually can’t play in Toronto
The Toronto Raptors will do everything in their power to keep the team in Canada for the next season despite the coronavirus pandemic.
However, due to the Canadian government’s COVID-19 restrictions that forced the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto FC to find new homes to complete their campaigns, the Raptors are very likely to be playing outside the Scotiabank Arena.
According to SportnetKansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas claims the city could potentially be home to the Raptors in case they can’t play in Toronto.
“So far we’ve received a response that the Raptors will continue to work with the NBA, the federal government in Canada and the federal government in the United States, to give priority to Toronto first,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
In a similar situation, the Thunder moved to OKC in 2008 after the New Orleans Hornets temporarily moved to the city due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Lucas believes that with Raptors in town, Kansas could be advocating an NBA expansion or possible move in the future.
“Of course, as we did in Oklahoma City a few years ago, we’d like the opportunity to showcase a brand presence that (indicates) that Kansas City is an impressive international city in itself. And if it ever comes down to a move, we should be at the top of every other team’s list. I don’t think you’d ever see the Raptors parade, but there may be others in the future. “
It’s been 35 years since the Kansas City Omaha Kings moved to Sacramento from there, and it seems like Kansas City wants professional basketball to return in some form or another.
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