City is prepping for larger than normal crowds downtown for the NBA Finals

With larger than normal crowds expected to descend on the downtown core for the NBA Finals excitement, you can expect lots of road closures - some starting as early as 7 a.m. Monday morning.  

And some roads around Scotiabank Arena won't reopen until early Tuesday morning.  You can also expect various streets in and around the downtown core to be extra busy, so pack your patience!

Make sure to plan ahead. The City of Toronto is encouraging people to leave their cars at home and take public transit, cycle, walk, take a cab or use a ride-hailing service.

City staff are working with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), Toronto Police Service, the TTC and other partners to coordinate crowd management plans for the game. 

Here are some permitted closures that will be in effect: 

Maple Leaf Square (Bremner Boulevard from Lake Shore Boulevard West to York Street) from 7 a.m. on Monday, June 10 until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11. 

York Street (between Lake Shore Boulevard West and Front Street West) and Bremner Boulevard (between Lower Simcoe Street and York Street) beginning as early as 9 a.m. on Monday, June 10 until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11. 

Bremner Boulevard from Lower Simcoe Street to Rees Street will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 10 until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11. 

The TTC will have additional service tomorrow night to get people to and from the downtown core. 

There will be five additional trains and 25 buses available both before and after the game. As always, the TTC's Blue Night Network will continue to run all night. 

Toronto Police will be present to support MLSE for public safety purposes and additional closures or restrictions may be in effect as required. 

Once again, MLSE will place large viewing screens throughout the closure area and will increase their security presence. 

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If there's a Raptors viewing party closer to your neighbourhood, it might be a good idea to stay closer to home and take in the game there.

The City of Toronto extending well-wishes to the Raptors in their playoff run, "LET'S GO RAPTORS!"

A quote was posted online from Mayor John Tory: "Toronto, and the entire country, is rooting for our Raptors. I'm encouraging all residents who are attending NBA Finals festivities to use the TTC and to keep cheering on our team responsibly. I've been assured that Police, TTC, City staff and MLSE have plans in place that will keep the public safe and allow everyone to share in the fun." 


With files from the City of Toronto