Citizens of Toronto were treated to yet another massive snowstorm all throughout Wednesday. While many decided to forgo the rest of their initial plans that they had for the day, approximately six to eight inches of snowfall didn’t stop fans of the Toronto Raptors from making their way down to the Air Canada Centre to watch their Atlantic Division leading basketball club beat up on the struggling Detroit Pistons.
While most would think that the only reason why these people bothered to show up is simply because Raptors fans are Canadian and they are used to a lot of snow, others would argue that this has been the situation in Toronto for years. Raptors faithful have been showing up at the Air Canada Centre in big numbers ever since their inaugural season of 1995, and will continue to do so whether their team is doing as well as they are right now or not.
So far this reason, the Raptors rank an impressive 13th on the NBA Attendance Report, averaging an attendance of 17,997 during each and every home game that they have played so far. Not bad for a city that is usually only associated with their ultimate first love, hockey. Unlike most markets within the major North American professional sports leagues, Torontonians love and cherish their teams whether they win or lose, and no matter how frustrating life as a Toronto fan can be at times.
This season will mark the first time since 2008 that the Raptors have made it to the playoffs. Although they continue to draw an impressive number of fans to each and every game, the rest of the NBA and the sports world can’t possibly remember just how grand of an atmosphere it is inside the Air Canada Centre when the Raptors are playing playoff basketball. Heading into the first round of playoffs in the coming weeks, the Raptors will surely be a favorite to move on, and their fans will surely be putting on a show of their own.