With the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto FC playing on the same day, we prepare you for the craziest sports day on the calendar.
If you are a sports fan April is generally the best month of the year especially when your team is in the playoffs. For Toronto sports fans, having both the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs in the post-season has added another level of excitement and anticipation.
Add the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto FC kicking off their regular seasons, it can get overwhelming to keep track of everything. It doesn’t help that Saturday features the busiest day on the Toronto Sports calendar in recent memory.
Most of the action will take place in the afternoon which will definitely keep bars flooded with sports fans looking to keep their eyes on all the games. With the Blue Jays starting at 3:07 p.m. ET, TFC at 4:00 p.m. ET and the Raptors at 5:00 p.m. it will be tough to keep track of everything. That’s why there are apps and streaming services to make it possible to multi-task.
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Obviously, the playoffs will get the priority especially with expectations at an all-time high for the Raptors. They will have Jurassic Park ready to go so expect a big contingent of fans to gather outside of Scotiabank Arena.
With TFC on the road, most of the fans will be at home or their local establishment to enjoy that game and the Blue Jays might see a slight reduction in fans considering everything else that is going on.
If you anticipate going downtown, public transit is going to be the best option especially around Rogers Centre and Scotiabank Arena. There will likely be a heavier police presence with larger crowds in the area so expect delays wherever you’re going.
Now comes the big event which is the Maple Leafs trying to take a 2-0 lead over the Boston Bruins. Jurassic Park will turn into Maple Leafs Square which will be an interesting transition although they’ve had to join the parties before.
The real question is how you plan your day? Luckily the time between the Raptors and Leafs means a marathon of watching the game but also a long time to stay at a bar. This is maybe a time where you have a viewing party at someone’s house.
Regardless, days like this makes it a tough choice for fans as one team might have to take a back seat. However, if you are a true “sports fan” rather than just a supporter of one team, you are going to find a way to get your fix.