The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that Head Coach Sam Mitchell and his team will conduct training camp at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario from September 30 – October 4, and then back at Air Canada Centre from October 5-28. This will be the first time the team has held camp in the nation’s capital.
“We are very excited to hold training camp in our nation’s capital, symbolizing our identity as Canada’s team,” said Bryan Colangelo, Raptors President and General Manager. “Carleton University offers us state of the art facilities and a great working relationship with a highly successful basketball program.”
The Raptors will conduct two-a-day practices at the Ravens’ Nest Gymnasium on the campus of Carleton University. All practice sessions will be closed to the public. A specific practice schedule with days, times and media availability will be released later.
The team will host an open intrasquad game Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Ravens’ Nest Gymnasium. Admission information will be available in the near future.
The Raptors Basketball Development Department, in conjunction with Carleton University Men’s and Women’s Basketball, will conduct three clinics for ages 10-14 at the Ravens’ Nest Gymnasium. A co-ed clinic Thursday, October 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. will be open to the general public. There will be no fee to register for the clinic, however a waiver must be completed and brought by the participant to the clinic. Registration for the co-ed clinic may be done online by going to the Carleton University web site, www.carleton.ca/athletics, and clicking on the Raptors logo.
The Raptors open the 2008 preseason Tuesday, October 7 at Cleveland and return home to play host to the New York Knicks the following evening at 7 p.m. at Air Canada Centre. The club’s 2008-09 regular season opener is Wednesday, October 29 at Philadelphia. The home opener is set for Friday, October 31 versus the Golden State Warriors.