City of Regina anticipating bigger crowds for Thursday’s Raptors viewing party

With the Toronto Raptors playing Game 6 in the NBA Finals on Thursday night, the City of Regina is preparing for an even bigger crowd to gather at Mosaic Stadium to watch the game.

The city will be providing transit service to and from the game similar to Rider games and other big events.

As well, the Saskatchewan Roughriders season opener in Hamilton will be shown before the Raptors tip-off against the Golden State Warriors.

With the potential for an overlap, city spokesperson Jeff May said they won’t be picking favourites for showing the games.

“If we can, I don’t know if this is technically possible, (but) we’d like to split the screen, so you could have both things going at once,” May said. “If not, it might be a case of flipping back and forth.”

City spokesperson Jeff May says the city is expecting more people to be in the stands for Game 6.

“We’re assuming it’s going to be at least in the 16,000 mark,” May said. “If we got 14,000 for a maybe, every game from now on I think will have more interest.”

May also said plans are in the works to open more concessions and increase security at the Stadium with the anticipation of a larger crowd.

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