Fans Flock to Downtown Windsor for Game 4 of the NBA Finals
More than 1,000 people made it out to game 4 of the NBA Finals to cheer on the Toronto Raptors to a 105-92 win over the Golden State Warriors Friday night.
It's the second Jurassic Park event at downtown Windsor's Charles Clark Square after skipping game 3 while searching for funding.
The second installment included a bigger screen that had to be shipped in from Chicago and had organizers working through the night and into Friday morning.
But one of the more interesting additions is a replica Jeep from the film Jurassic Park that drew some attention from young and old alike.
Keith Dziedzic (DEE-zick) is an aircraft mechanic from Detroit; he heard about the event on 89X and immediately reached out to organizers.
He's the founder of the Michigan Division of the Jurassic Park Motor Pool — part of an international group of enthusiast who create replica vehicles from the blockbuster movie.
Dziedzic tells AM800 News seeing a nation get behind one team is special.
"Just to see this amount of support, to come to a game that's not even technically here, that just blows me out of the water. It's great," says Dziedzic.
Still a line outside for #Windsor’s Jurassic Park but security staff say more than 600 people are already in Charles Clark Square for game 4 of the #NBAFinals2019 between @Raptors and the @warriors . #WeTheNorh #cklw pic.twitter.com/nv69OyJ3p2— Gord Bacon (@baconAM800) June 8, 2019
Windsor resident Raquel Burke says the crowd is a testament to what it means to be Canadian.
"Coming together to see so many different races, ages, guys, girls, everyone is here and everyone's here cheering for the same thing," says Burke. "You have like a million teams in the U.S. but Canada has one team, so this is an opportunity for everyone to come together and push our team to the win."
The Downtown Windsor BIA's Pat Papadeas says organizers literally worked through the night to assemble the event.
She tells AM800 News plans for another showing haven't been ruled out.
"Even the weather agrees, it's just a great fantastic night out here," she says. "Whatever happens, it looks like it's going to be just a great series all the way along, so I think we're going to have to try."
The DWBIA, St. Clair College, Downtown Windsor Collective and a group of local business owners stepped up to make the event a reality.
That was after the city declined to earmark $10,000 for the viewing party.
With a 3-1 series lead, Toronto can finish off Golden State at home on Monday when it hosts game 5 at 9pm.
Definitely some fired up @Raptors fans and we’re just wrapping up the national anthem here. Updated attendance totals are creeping up on 1,000 and there’s still a line-up outside. #cklw pic.twitter.com/cXTjBNmQwQ— Gord Bacon (@baconAM800) June 8, 2019