The impact of COVID-19 makes it difficult for the Toronto Raptors to play in Canada next season. They are about to make their final home option. One of the biggest problems for the NBA next season will be dealing with COVID-19.
The unfavorable disease situation could make international flights from the US to Canada unfavorable and that directly affects the only Canadian team in the NBA – Toronto Raptors. Before the final decision of the Organizing Committee, the Raptors were actively hunting for places that could become the new home field.
Initially, this team was suggested to play in Kansas or Louisville. However, the negotiations in Kansas did not progress, while the Toronto Raptors players did not want to go to Louisville because this was the site of the Breonna Taylor murder.
Raptors are likely to leave the Scotiabank Arena next season
It seems that GM Masai Ujiri and his associates have found a suitable location for a new home field, that is, Newark, New Jersey. The Toronto Raptors are negotiating to play at the Prudential Center with a capacity of 19,000 seats.
Geographically, this is the perfect choice as the Raptors play in the Atlantic with football teams like the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, or the Philadelphia 76ers. New Jersey is very close to the headquarters of these clubs, reducing pressure to move.
Besides, New Jersey is a not small market and was also the place where the Nets football team chose to be home for a long time. The re-emergence of a local football team can revive the love of NBA in the hearts of fans here, thereby increasing Raptor’s income during a difficult year.
Prudential Center is currently the home ground for the New Jersey Devils Ice Hockey team The Raptors are not the only professional sports team to bring home from Canada to the US because of the COVID-19. At the American Major, Toronto Blue Jays played most of their home games last season in New York.