If you plan on coming into downtown Toronto on Monday it’s best to leave the car at home.
That’s the advice from city officials, who are busy planning road closures to accommodate crowds expected to descend on the downtown for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, with the Raptors taking on the Golden State Warriors at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.
Monday’s game — tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET — could be historic, as the Raptors are just one win away from an NBA title and making franchise history.
“We’re really encouraging people to not drive downtown on Monday if they can at all avoid it,” said city spokesperson Brad Ross. “Leave your car at home, take TTC, take GO, ride your bike, walk, taxi, ride-share, whatever means you can.
“Whether you’re taking in the Raptors or not, people need to be prepared that there will be significant disruption to the roadways in the downtown core.”
Even those who normally drive downtown for work are being advised to consider parking at a TTC lot and taking the subway on Monday morning.
On Saturday, city officials were busy working with police and transportation staff to determine what roads will be closed Monday and at what times. More details are expected Sunday.
Beginning Monday morning, roads will start to be closed off, particularly those around the arena’s Jurassic Park, as fans start lining up. And as game time approaches, there will be more restrictions. Also, TTC buses and streetcars will be making diversions so they don’t get stuck in post-game crowds flooding into the streets.
The Toronto Police Service says officers will be on duty throughout the city to ensure public safety and keep the peace.
“We would like to remind the public to make decisions that do not impact their own safety or that of others when gathering to enjoy the game celebrations,” says police spokesperson Katrina Arrogante. “Please plan ahead for a safe ride home, especially if you plan on consuming alcohol.”