Burlingtonians, if you wanted to catch the start of the NBA Finals starring our beloved Toronto Raptors and don’t want to trek down to ‘Jurassic Park’ in downtonwn Toronto — great news, you catch cheer them on right in our own downtown at what we’re dubbing ‘Burl-assic Park’!
The City of Burlington and myself are proud to announce the downtown Civic Square will play host to a free viewing party for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals.
The public space on the south side of City Hall by Brant Street will come alive as residents are invited to join in the fun and together watch the Toronto Raptors take on the Golden State Warriors for Game 1 tomorrow (Thursday, May 30). The viewing party starts at 8:30 p.m.
Our City will also host a Game 2 viewing at ‘Burlassic Park’ on Sunday (June 2) starting at 7:30 p.m. Game viewings will be held rain or shine.
The motion was brought forward by Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan at Monday night’s (May 27) Council meeting:
“The entire country is on board for the Raptors drive to the championship with over three million Canadians watching the team win the conference finals. There are a lot of fans in our city, so I knew we had to do our ‘Jurassic Park’ to show the team we’re behind them and to make the most of our first finals appearance. Raps in six!” — Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan
While I will sadly be away from Thursday-Sunday at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference and missing what is sure to be a great party in our city, I know our residents will be cheering on the Raptors so loudly, I may be able to hear you all from Quebec City.
This is awesome! Thank you to our amazing city staff who was able to pull this together in such a very short time. The Toronto Raptors playing in its first-ever NBA Finals is our generation’s moment. It’s Canada’s moment. I’m so glad we’re able to bring this free, all ages, national celebration to our city. Bringing our community together to celebrate sports, arts and culture is just as important as anything else we do at the City of Burlington. Very exciting.