he Toronto Raptors announced Thursday an eight-game preseason schedule featuring the team’s first appearance in franchise history in Montreal. The Raptors will play at Bell Centre on Friday, October 22 when they entertain the New York Knicks.
“We are excited to bring the Raptors to the province of Quebec for the first time,” said Tom Anselmi, Executive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “Training in Vancouver and playing a game in Montreal are indications of our continued commitment to make the Raptors Canada’s team.” Ticket information for the game in Montreal will be made available at a later date.
The Raptors will hold a portion of their training camp in Vancouver from October 1-6 and then open preseason play at Rogers Arena as the visiting team against the Phoenix Suns. The team will make stops in Boston and Chicago before returning to Toronto for four consecutive home games.
The Raptors will play host at Air Canada Centre to Philadelphia followed by rematches versus Boston, Phoenix and Chicago. For information on discounted group tickets for Raptors preseason games, interested parties should call (416) 366-DUNK (3865).
Date Opponent Venue City Time (Eastern) October 6 Phoenix Rogers Arena Vancouver 10 p.m. October 10 Boston TD Banknorth Garden Boston 6 p.m. October 12 Chicago United Center Chicago 8 p.m. October 13 Phila. Air Canada Centre Toronto 7 p.m. October 15 Boston Air Canada Centre Toronto 7 p.m. October 17 Phoenix Air Canada Centre Toronto 1 p.m. October 20 Chicago Air Canada Centre Toronto 7 p.m. October 22 New York Bell Centre Montreal 7 p.m.