Canadian cities set up ‘Jurassic Parks’ to watch Raptors playoff run

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Basketball fans cheer for the Toronto Raptors outside Maple Leaf Square. (Tijana Martin/CP)

Several Canadian cities say they’re setting up public spaces where fans caught up in Raptors fever can watch the Toronto team fight for the NBA championship.

The Ontario cities of Mississauga, Brampton, Burlington and Kingston say they’ve received permission from Raptors’ owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to set up outdoor viewing areas during the series against the Golden State Warriors.

They are trying to create local versions of Jurassic Park, the tailgate zone outside the Raptor’s home arena in downtown Toronto that’s been the scene of massive celebrations during the team’s historic playoff run.

Maple Leaf Sports says it’s received applications from a number of cities looking to host public viewings, but did not immediately provide a list of those that have been approved to go ahead.

The City of Vancouver is bucking the trend by announcing that it opted not to offer public viewings, citing a lack of suitable venues available during the series.

Game 1 between the Raptors and Warriors will get underway in Toronto on Thursday night.

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