One of Canada‘s largest theatre chains says it will be airing Toronto Raptors playoff games for free at 33 cinemas across the country.
Cineplex says it has reached a deal with Raptors owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to broadcast the NBA finals in theatres ranging from Mount Pearl, N.L. to Victoria.
Maple Leaf Sports has also struck deals with 10 cities to set up local versions of Jurassic Park, the tailgate zone outside the Raptor’s home arena in downtown Toronto that’s been the scene of massive celebrations during the team’s historic playoff run.
Those free public broadcasts of the game will take place in nine cities across Ontario as well as Halifax the city where the Raptors played their first exhibition game in 1995.
The City of Vancouver is bucking the trend by announcing that it opted not to offer public viewings, citing a lack of suitable venues available during the series.
Game 1 between the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors will get underway in Toronto on Thursday night.