Support staff at the Air Canada Centre went on strike Friday, walking off the job ahead of Raptors and Maple Leafs home games and a Rod Stewart concert.

A representative of the Teamsters union Toronto local 847 said restaurant, housekeeping and workers who convert the ice to the Raptors basketball court voted 82 per cent in favour of job action. There are approximately 600 people in the union.

Fernanda Santos, the local’s president-elect, told reporters that management offered a wage increase of 1 per cent in the first year and 1.5 per cent in the second year.

“The offer quite honestly sucked,” she said. “We’ll strike until we get what we want.”

Their offer expired in July, Santos added.

A sign posted on the door of Real Sports Bar & Grill  said it is closed until further notice due to a “unionized work stoppage.” The restaurant e11even is also closed.

Staff at the Air Canada Centre also report that the Hot Stove Club and lounge are also closed.

Real Sports, with dozens of televisions broadcasting nearly every sporting event, has been voted one of the best sports bars in North America. As a result, fans flock to the restaurant before — and during — games.

Workers are picketing outside of the arena and Real Sports.

Meanwhile, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment says it does not expect any impact on the Leafs or Raptors games this weekend.

The Toronto Raptors are scheduled to play the 76ers at the ACC Friday at 7 p.m., and the Leafs are hosting the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. Stewart’s concert is on Sunday.