UPDATE-VIDEO: Outdoor Party in Downtown Windsor to Cheer on the Raptors
Jurassic Park is coming to downtown Windsor for Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Remo Agostino is leading a group effort to host a free party Sunday night in Charles Clark Square Sunday to watch the Toronto Raptors when they host the Golden State Warriors.
The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association confirmed the city has signed off on permits for the event.
Fans outside Toronto's Scotia Bank Arena before the tip-off of game one of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday May 30, 2019. (Photo courtesy of TSN)
Now it's time for Agostino to make sure the party lives up to Toronto's Jurassic Park experience where thousands of fans gather in the streets outside Scotiabank Arena to cheer for the Raptors.
"Are we going to have a projector and a screen? No. We're going for the best of the best. We're going for LED walls. We're going for CO2 cannons. We want this event to be the same experience you would get if you're at Jurassic Park in Toronto," he says. "We want it to be top notch."
Agostino wants it to be fun for everyone involved.
"It's going to be a great thing for the community, the excitement is certainly there and growing as hours goes by. It's going to be massive," he says.
Security, safety, equipment and staff are going to be needed, and Agostino says local promoters are all stepping up to get things ready for Sunday.
"Most of the people who work on Blues Festival have already started working on this as well. Even the University of Windsor Students' Association is helping out, so a lot of the partners we work with at different events have already stepped up and have started giving their time to say, 'you know what? We're in on this, let's get it done, let's do it, let's make it happen," he says.
The event is scheduled to begin at 7pm Sunday.
Windsor's event may not be as large as other Jurassic Parks.
The usual huge crowd turned out at the fan zone outside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Peel Police tweeted more than 20,000 people came to watch the Raptors' game outdoors in Mississauga.
The city of Burlington had to close several streets as a larger than expected crowd turned out.
The Raptors lead the best-of-seven NBA Finals 1-0 after winning the opening game of the series 118-109 over the Golden State Warriors.