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Mill Street turns into Jurassic Park for game four of NBA finals Friday

Jun 5, 2019 | Council | General

The country's only NBA team is playing for a championship and Canada is behind them all the way.

The Town of Orangeville received permission from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), that owns the Toronto National Basketball Association franchise, to broadcast the game on Mill Street Friday night (June 7) on a large viewing screen. This follows Sunday night’s viewing of game two.

Mayor Sandy Brown said the Raptors making it to the NBA finals could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. “Everyone is excited by our local NBA team’s success. Sunday night’s game two drew hundreds of enthusiastic people to Mill Street to see the game despite colder temperatures. Friday’s game four will likely attract even more Raptors fans.”

In a special Council meeting, members of Orangeville Council supported the initiative and approved the road closure. Mill Street, between Broadway and Armstrong Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event. Music 21 will supply audiovisual equipment for the public viewing of the game. Mill Street will be closed from 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7 to 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

It was Councillor Grant Peters who brought forward the idea of outdoor screening of the Raptors games and he is glad to see the community rally behind the initiative.

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks to advance to the NBA finals against the reigning Golden State Warriors. Game four is scheduled for Friday, June 7 in Oakland, California.

Cheer on the Raptors! Come watch game four of the NBA Finals in downtown Orangeville in our own Jurassic Park! Tip-off is at 9 p.m. Bring a chair, if you wish, and lots of enthusiasm. There are several restaurants on the street that will be open and serving food and beverages for their patrons.