Development charges put on hold as Barrie council commits funds for public viewings of Raptors’ games

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Update: Games 4 and 5 will also be shown for free at the Barrie Molson Centre. Game time for both games is 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Location of public viewing for Game 6 and 7 (if required), TBD based on weather forecast.

As the midnight hour approached and with Barrie city council fully immersed in a discussion over development charges, Mayor Jeff Lehman abruptly changed subjects, and as a result Toronto Raptors’ fans can watch public viewings of the remaining five games of the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Lehman asked council’s support to bring in a motion without notice, saying that plans to publicly air the final games were threatened if a motion wasn’t dealt with before midnight came and went. That support was granted.
As a result, council committed up to $22,500 to present a viewing of game three at the Barrie Molson Centre, and games four through seven at Meridian Place. If inclement weather prevents the outdoor viewing, the games would be shown at Molson Centre.
The series is tied 1-1 following the Raptors’ win in game one, and the Warriors’ win in game two. Both games were played in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena. Game three is scheduled for Wednesday, from Oakland. Game four is on Friday, same place.
Game five switches back to Toronto, six back to Oakland, and seven back to TO, as the Raptors have home court advantage. Check here for times and dates.
A viewing of the second game had been planned for Sunday night at Meridian Place, but was cancelled due to weather.

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