Boston Celtics Return to Maine

Will Face Division Rival Toronto in Pre-Season Match-Up

Portland, ME, August 5, 2014 – The Boston Celtics, in association with Seacoast Sports and NBA Development League affiliate Maine Red Claws, have announced they will host the Toronto Raptors in a pre-season game Wednesday, October 15, at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland (formerly Cumberland County Civic Center). Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The game is presented by Unum as title sponsor for the event.

Tickets are priced at $95, $75, and $45, including a limited number of $150 court-side seats, and will go on sale to the public on Monday, August 25, at the arena box office; Ticketmaster outlets; Ticketmaster charge-by-phone 1-800-745-3000; and online at ticketmaster.com, at 10:00 a.m.

All Maine Red Claws season ticket holders will have the first option to purchase tickets to the Celtics/Raptors game from now until August 18th, one week prior to the public on-sale date (August 25th).

“As an organization, we could not be happier for the fans of the Celtics and the Red Claws across the state of Maine,” said Dajuan Eubanks, president of the Red Claws. “They have been so supportive of us since we arrived back in 2009. We couldn’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you’ than by partnering with Seacoast Sports to bring the Celtics back to Maine for a pre-season game for the first time in 19 years.”

Boston Coach Brad Stevens’ 2014 Celtics squad includes first round draft picks Marcus Smart (6th overall); and James Young (17th overall); as well as four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo; 2013 first round selection Kelly Olynyk; Jared Sullinger; Brandon Bass; Jeff Green; and Maine Red Claws alumni Avery Bradley.

The defending Atlantic Division Champion Toronto Raptors are led by Kyle Lowry, 2014 All-Star DeMar DeRozan, and 2013 NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner Terrence Ross.

The Celtics last appeared in Portland against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995.