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Raptors fans in 'Jurassic Park' boo 'fake fans' for leaving Game 6 early

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The Toronto Raptors’ attempt at making NBA playoff history fell short on Thursday night, as they fell in six games to the Philadelphia 76ers and failed to become the first team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit.

While many fans stuck around in the stands until the very end of the 132-97 blowout loss, some filed out of Scotiabank Arena a couple minutes before the final buzzer, presumably to beat the traffic and get home quicker.

This drew the ire of those in Jurassic Park, the huge group of fans watching the game on the big screen just outside the doors of the arena.

The passionate fans in Jurassic Park weren’t the only ones who had a bone to pick with the lucky few who got to take in the game from the inside, with some on Twitter taking exception with the lack of energy in the building at times.

Much has been made of the rise of ticket prices for games at Scotiabank Arena, which has priced out the fervent base of fans that Toronto sports is known for. The cheapest tickets for Thursday’s critical showdown came in between $300 and $400 for seats in the 300 level of the arena. Seats in the 100 level started at around $700 and could reach over $1,400, while courtside seats started at just under $5,000.

The atmosphere for Raptors games isn't what it used to be. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)
The atmosphere for Raptors games isn't what it used to be. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)

This problem has also plagued the other tenant of Scotiabank Arena, with ardent fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs fans being squeezed out by corporate coffers for decades. The atmosphere for Leafs games has once again been called out by fans this year.

It's an unfortunate byproduct of the Raptors' success and growing popularity, as Toronto has had a reputation of having one of the most raucous home crowds in the NBA. But unless the team can find a way to get more real fans into the building, or until demand decreases, this is going to be the reality for big games in the Big Smoke.

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