Toronto street gets temporarily renamed 'Raptors Way' for NBA Finals

The ultimate civic prize for any individual or team to aspire to achieve is to have a street named after them. The Toronto Raptors, just one win away from a title, are jumping the line just a little bit ahead of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The bottom of Peter St. in downtown Toronto was renamed “Blue Jays Way” in January of 1993, following the MLB franchise’s World Series victory over the Atlanta Braves in 1992. The street runs all the way up to the front doors of the home of the Jays, the Rogers Centre.

On Monday morning, ahead of a possible championship-clinching game in Toronto, the street signs got a temporary rebrand to acknowledge the basketball playing brethren.

Two Raptors fans - Allegra Wiesenfeld and Reid Plaxton - told BlogTO that they made it their own mission to rebrand the stretch for Monday’s game as a show of support for the biggest game in franchise history. It started - as many good plans do - as a joke, but before long, they found themselves measuring out the street signs and taping up the new name.

In terms of actual dedications and street re-naming, it isn’t a big stretch to see a future where the Raptors have their own permanent street to call their own.

Is anyone really all that attached to Bremner Blvd.?


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