With the clock counting down the hours and minutes until Toronto was going to host their first ever NBA Finals game, the city was abuzz with people in red, white and black all walking in a similar line, in a pilgrimage like fashion, down to Jurassic Park.
Fans had been lining up outside of Jurassic Park since the early hours of the morning and there was so much demand for Raptors supporters to get in there that additional fanzones popped up all over the city, in close proximity to Scotiabank Arena.
correct. pic.twitter.com/370Bwteav0- Tom Read (@traread) May 30, 2019
"I've watched every game here," a Raptors fan inside Jurassic Park told NBA.com. "There's nowhere else I'd rather watch the Raptors play. Except for inside [the arena] of course!"
"This means so much to the city of Toronto and this fanbase. We've gone through so much in 24 years and to have this moment means everything."
In anticipation for the big event, the crowd got in earlier than what's usually seen for Raptors games. Even having enough people in the arena before tip to throw out a classic "Paul Pierce sucks" chant.
Raptors fans chanting "Paul Pierce sucks" before Game 1. PP loving it. pic.twitter.com/Ep9GfcEGsD- Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) May 31, 2019
The consensus was that that was the loudest crowd that has ever been seen inside Scotiabank Arena with the decibels higher than ever from the National Anthem through to the final buzzer.
The game may have been within the 94 feet of basketball court… But it seemed like a majority of attention was squarely focused on one fan who sits four feet outside of that 94ft rectangle - Drake.
Ahead of the game, Drake was on the lookout for a throwback Dell Curry jersey. Asking every vintage jersey retailer from around Toronto and even reaching out to retailers as far away as New York, including the world famous Mr Throwback.
I spoke to a vintage jersey seller yesterday and he said that Drake's doing the rounds looking for a throwback Dell Curry Raptors jersey to wear to one of the Finals games. My guy didn't have one, but it's something to watch out for.- Tom Read (@traread) May 30, 2019
Drake's search was successful and the crowd went wild when he was shown on the big screen walking to his seat wearing a signed Dell Curry Raptors #30.
as discussed pic.twitter.com/J8dyjttzrJ- Tom Read (@traread) May 31, 2019
Drake was making his presence felt, trash talking everyone in blue and gold throughout the game, cheering boisterously but one of the most underrated Drake moments from the game happened halfway through the final quarter, when Drake spilled his drink on the hardwood, getting down on all fours to quickly clean it up, but he only made it worse and had to get a towel boy to come and help him wipe it up.
Drake would go on to make international headlines due to his sideline altercation with Draymond Green at the end of the game, where lipreaders can see that he definitely referred to the Warriors player who finished with a triple-double in their Game 1 loss as "trash".
Steph Curry wasn't fazed by Drake and Draymond 😅 pic.twitter.com/LKlrG5xlLd- ESPN (@espn) May 31, 2019
The Legends were there
Curry, McGrady, Bosh- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 31, 2019
A timeline of Toronto legends all lined up 🙏
At a break during the game, the Raptors honored some former notable players. The loudest cheers definitely came for the franchises' first ever draft pick Damon Stoudamire and All-Star Chris Bosh with other players being honored included Isiah Thomas, Muggsy Bogues, Tracy McGrady, Charles Oakley, 'The Junkyard Dog' Jerome Williams (who wore his jersey to the game), Dell Curry and Morris Peterson.