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Toronto Raptors to play pre-season game at the Scotiabank Saddledome

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The National Basketball Association and the Toronto Raptors have announced they will play a pre-season game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Oct. 3, 2016.

The Raptors will face Ontario product Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets in Calgary as a part of the fifth annual NBA Canada Series, which also includes a Raptors pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 1. This year's NBA Canada Series features an expanded schedule of interactive fan events, NBA legend appearances, and NBA Cares community outreach programs in Vancouver and Calgary.

The games, which will air nationally on TSN, will mark the Raptors’ fourth appearance in the NBA Canada Series and the first for both the Warriors and Nuggets. NBA Canada Series 2016 tickets will go on sale Sept. 2. Ticket info can be found HERE.

"The NBA has never been more popular in Canada," NBA Canada Vice President and Managing Director Dan MacKenzie said in a press release. "Between the Raptors’ Eastern Conference Finals run, the excitement around the Warriors’ record-setting season and the Nuggets’ talented young core, our passionate Canadian fans are in for a real treat when these teams come to Vancouver and Calgary in October."

NBA rosters at the start of the 2015-16 season featured a record-tying 12 Canadians, more than any country outside the United States for the second consecutive year. NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto, the first NBA All-Star held outside the United States, was the most viewed NBA All-Star Game in Canada since 1996. The 2015-16 season was also the most successful season in Raptors history, with the team posting a franchise record for victories (56) for the third consecutive year and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in team history.

"As Canada’s basketball team, the Raptors are excited to bring the NBA to cities across our country," Toronto guard Cory Joseph said in a press release. "We look forward to returning to Vancouver, where we had a sellout last year, and making new fans during our visit to Calgary."

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