TORONTO – Nets fans take note…
Raptors fans packed Toronto’s Air Canada Centre during Wednesday’s game against Brooklyn.
Over 20,000 people shook the stands in white “We The North” t-shirts, mocked their opponents chanting “Broo-klyn!” and sang along to the Canadian national anthem as the final buzzer sounded.
Some 4,500 fans stood in the rain outside the ACC in Maple Leaf Square – now affectionately referred to as Jurassic Park – to watch their team win the game 115-113.
The crowd was electric, and it caught the attention of the Nets social media team.
During the game, the Nets tweeted from the team’s official Twitter account, “#Nets fans take note – this is what a playoff crowd sounds like…set your DVD and take notes #RAPTORSvNETS.”
The message was retweeted nearly 7,000 times.
The electricity in the crowd was noticed by players, coaches and celebrities as well.
“The crowd was great,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.
“I’ve been around this game a long time in every hostile arena, back in Sacramento with the cowbells and Portland where the noise is unbelievable and even in Key Arena in Seattle and Utah back in the motorcycle days – but it doesn’t come close to our arena.”
“My hat is off to our fans – they’re number one,” said Casey.
“I’ve never seen support like this. This is special,” said Toronto FC’s Jermain Defoe.