Hundreds of fans are expected to return to Carden St. on Monday to cheer on the Toronto Raptors for the fifth game of the NBA finals, watching the game on a blow up screen for what has been dubbed “Raptors Square” — if the weather permits.
However, the viewing party could be interrupted by thunderstorms and low temperatures that would damage the video and audio equipment.
The city said on Monday night that they will give an update at 7:30 p.m. — pushing back the initial 6 p.m. time when they said they would make a final call. The city encouraged residents to “think about a plan B” for watching the game.
In the case of a cancellation, there are still other community events taking place. The downtown e-Bar is hosting a viewing party with doors opening at 8 p.m. ahead of what could be a championship game for the Raptors.
Guelph fans watched the Raptors — a team that aims to make history with its first-ever championship — beat the Golden State Warriors on Friday evening, a massive crowd that took over Market Square, Carden St. and the pavilions that line the nearby shops.
Mayor Cam Guthrie confirmed that “Raptors Square” would be returning to downtown in a video posted to Twitter on Saturday. If the Raptors win on Monday, they will be the National Basketball Association champions, and if they lose, they will still lead the series at 3-2.
Carden St. will close starting at 6 p.m., and people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Parking can be found at one of the downtown parking garages or attendees can take local transit, as the central station is only a block over from city hall.