The Raptors are going to hold training camp out side of Ontario for only the 5th time in team history. They will be heading to Halifax, Nova Scotia from October 1st to the 6th. Raptors held Camp in Vancouver in 2010, Italy in 2007 and in Buffalo in 2000 and 2001. Raptors will be helping various charities while there as they play the annual inter squad game their on October 6 th at the Halifax Metro Centre. This marks the Raptors first trip to the east coast since 2003 where they had to cancel an exhibition game between themselves and Cleveland Cavs. What made this even more disappointing for fans was it was set to be the debut of some guy named Lebron James on Canadian soil. This was in St John's Newfoundland at the Mile One Centre. It has taken 9 years for the Raptors to deliver on their promise to return to the east coast region of the country.
Dwane Casey was on hand this morning for the announcement. The team will hold it's training camp sessions at the Canada Games Centre. The Raptors played their first ever exhibition game in team history in Halifax which was a 120-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on October 14 1995. Halifax has been a stronger supporter of basketball in this country as the long time home host for the CIS Championships and has been home of the Halifax Rainmen that began playing ball in 2007-08 and were one of 7 franchises in the first season of NBL Canada's pro league that launched last season.