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Thousands gather to watch Raptors at Jurassic Park

Last Updated May 25, 2019 at 10:51 pm EDT

Despite the expected rain and thunderstorms on Saturday evening, thousands of Raptors fans waited outside for the chance to watch Game 6 live at Jurassic Park.

The line to watch on the big screen outside Scotiabank Arena wraps around the building up Bay Street and down Front Street three hours before the 8:30 p.m. tip off.

Toronto could clinch a spot in the NBA finals with a win against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night.

The gates to enter Jurassic Park were expected to open at 6:30 p.m., but severe thunderstorms delayed the opening due to safety concerns.

Once they were finally open, fans fought attempted to fight their way in to catch a spot in front of the big screen.

Jurassic Park couldn’t contain the long lineup of fans that snaked around Scotiabank Arena and past neighbouring Union Station in downtown Toronto, so police had to shut down nearby streets to make up for the overflow.

Officers maintained a heavy presence as the crowd got rowdier ahead of tip off.

Mayor John Tory joined the crowd for the second half and spoke to reporters about all the eyes on Toronto Saturday night.

“People are watching these games all around the world, they are watching these great crowds outside at Jurassic park all over the world. It’s going to be a big boost to the city and a big boost for the Raptors,” said Tory.

With files from the Canadian Press

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