Hundreds gathered on Carden St. on Friday night to watch the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in the nicknamed “Raptors Square” — a win that saw the Canadian team add to their series lead.

Mayor Cam Guthrie, who announced that there was going to be a viewing earlier this week, said that sponsors had contributed enough money for the City of Guelph to buy the screen and speakers needed for watching the game.

Before the game, fans were already anticipating a win. A group of high school friends that came out to watch said the “Raptors have it in the bag” and that they had never seen such a huge gathering of basketball fans in Guelph, though Nighthawks games may be an exception.

The Raptors won 105-92 over the Warriors at the Oracle in California. This puts them one win away from taking the National Basketball League title, a feat never before accomplished by the quarter-of-a-century old team.

This also means that the so-called “Raptors Square” will be back on Monday night for Game 5, when the team will look to win the championship at home in Toronto.


A gallery of photos taken at Market Square Friday night.