Building its fan base across Canada, the Toronto Raptors will play preseason games in Vancouver and Montréal this month.
The Raptors will face the Sacramento Kings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on October 5 and the New York Knicks at Bell Centre in Montréal on October 24.
The Raptors have played quite a few games in recent times at the Bell Centre but the team is making its first trip to Vancouver since 2010.
Of course, Vancouver had a NBA franchise, the Grizzles, from 1995-2001.
Toronto is coming off its first playoff appearance in 6 seasons.
The Raptors have played in the Naismith Cup (against the Vancouver Grizzlies and international opponents) in Winnipeg, Calgary, Halifax, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa as well as Toronto. They have played in all those cities outside the Naismith Cup (except for Calgary) as well as Saint John, Saskatoon, Hamilton, and London.
Toronto had scheduled a game in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, but the game was cancelled due to a wet surface.
The Toronto Raptors also played some regular season games in Hamilton at Copps Coliseum.