The Toronto Blue Jays were also unable to play home games in Canada in 2020, and wound up spending the shortened Major League Baseball season playing out of Buffalo, New York.
The team had been looking at alternative sites for several weeks, including the BB&T Center Sunrise, home of the NHL's Florida Panthers.
The Raptors will open its season in Tampa, playing 36 regular-season games at Amalie Arena.
Scotiabank Arena is the usual home of the NBA's lone Canadian team, but the U.S.
"He's our top priority, he's our biggest priority for the offseason is bringing him back", Raptors general manager Bobby Webster had said on Tuesday about VanVleet, echoing the prior words of team president Masai Ujiri.
"They say absence makes the heart grow fonder". I'm not sure that's possible for us.
Fred VanVleet, one of the most coveted players in National Basketball Association free agency this year, is remaining a Toronto Raptor.A source close to the team confirmed a report Saturday that the Raptors had re-signed the 26-year-old to a four-year, US$85-million deal, keeping one of the best backcourts in the league intact.
He urges fans to keep cheering from afar and concluded he looks forward to "the day we are all together again". This season will require teams to travel in the U.S.
Dr. Andrew Morris, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto and the medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Sinai-University Health Network, said the Canadian government made the right decision.
The Raptors will remain in the NBA's Atlantic Division.
So the Raptors went with Plan B, which is Tampa.
The long story short. due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government didn't want teams flying in from the US and possibly spreading the virus.
The Raptors had hoped to start the 2020-21 campaign at home despite rising numbers of COVID-19 cases at home and in the United States.