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This is what the Raptors' training facility will look like

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 22, 2014

toronto raptors trainingThe Toronto Raptors' planned $30 million, 68,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Place training facility moved a step closer to reality earlier this week. The city's executive committee voted to give the centre, which will be funded by Maple Sports and Entertainment, the green light. All that stands in the way now is the approval of city council next week.

The basketball centre would be built on a parcel of land at the west end of the Exhibition Place grounds, next to the Medieval Times arena, which is currently a baseball diamond.

Inside there will be two basketball courts and a range of other facilities. As part of the agreement with the city, the Raptors will make the majority of daytime and evening court time available to the public, though Rob Ford criticized the possible $160 an hour rate.

Toronto parks staff say there is a shortage of premium basketball courts close to downtown.

As part of the proposed deal, MLSE will rent the Exhibition Place land from the city. Over the 20-year term, the owners of the Raptors will pay approximately $4.4 million--roughly $205,000 a year. In addition, the team will pay about $400,000 a year in property taxes.

The team hopes to have the training centre open in time for the Toronto NBA all-star game in 2016.

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Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment



Marc / August 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm
I know we shit on stuff in Toronto - but seriously, that looks like a high school in Milton.
Agree / August 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm
@Marc nailed it.
TorontoGuy / August 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Agreed. Or, a corporate office on a highway service road in Oakville.
David replying to a comment from Marc / August 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm
It may look like a high school in Milton but high schools are paid for with taxpayer dollars. This project isn't.
Ray replying to a comment from Marc / August 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Looks fine - It also looks like a training facility as it should. We're not expecting a big flash dashy place are we?
Jeff / August 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm
It doesn't look the greatest but its a privately built facility, does it really matter what it looks like? I'm sure it was design with function in mind over form.

You want it to look better? Go tell your councillor you are willing to pay extra taxes to fund a better design.
Ok to Corral / August 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm
At least we know where the kids from Scarborough will be hanging out now.
Marc replying to a comment from Jeff / August 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm
I have no problems with private corps building what they want.

If it's a shitty design, it's still a shitty design - private or public it doesn't matter. For example, shitty condos, shitty mobiles, shitty clothing and shitty cover art.

I'm not going to write to my councilor because I don't care about MLSE, the Raptors or ExPlace.

None of what you quipped back changes the fact that's its lazy design.

Also, much it's more efficient to write here because I'll get a rise out of MLSE fans (or works, PS you should be working right now on correcting this shitty design, not on blogTO) - councilors would likely ignore me, as they should.
James / August 22, 2014 at 01:18 pm
I don't understand why they are building it on CNE grounds and not in the Ontario Place grounds.
The whole CNE area is busy enough. If this is being built on top of parking spots, does this building include parking to compensate for the spots taken away?
Since they clearly did not think of underground parking when they built BMO field, are they making the same mistake here?
poh replying to a comment from James / August 22, 2014 at 01:27 pm
It's a practice facility, it's not going to draw crowds like BMO Field. And don't drive to the Exhibition Grounds!
ZXCZV replying to a comment from James / August 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
@James shut up
Gary / August 22, 2014 at 02:11 pm
We used to build great buildings at the Exhibition, so what happened? Why are they allowing such an ugly building to go up here? This is just unacceptable. It doesn't match at all with the Arts & Crafts Building or the Government Of Ontario Building. This just makes me sad and frustrated. Even the CNE Board Of Directors has no respect for the place. I'm not against building the training centre, I'm against this ugly, suburban design.
YouAreClueless / August 22, 2014 at 02:39 pm
So go fund the project out of your pocket Gary, and build it the way you want.
Mike / August 22, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Honestly, what the fuck do you people want this to look like? A cure little Leslieville century home? Give it a fucking break. Goddamnit, this is why everyone else in Canada hates us.
TJ replying to a comment from Mike / August 22, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Amen brother.
Jeff replying to a comment from Mike / August 22, 2014 at 03:58 pm
YES AGREED. WHAT we should care about is team performance and if this facility improves our teams abilities. I'm fine with this modest approach instead of some over the top state of the art looking building.

MLSE is already known of over spending and over coddling the Leafs players with the fanciest dressing rooms in the league, personal handlers, etc. etc. we go so out of our way to treat them like royalty but the performance even even there to support it.
Dan / August 22, 2014 at 04:01 pm
All complaining from a bunch of whiners that go down to the CNE once a year and will rarely ever see this building at all.
scottd / August 22, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Maybe Metrolinx can build a premium basketball court.
Water for Beer / August 23, 2014 at 04:47 am
As a b'ball nut who plays the game, the cost of $160 an hour is no biggie. For 32 bucks a head, ten guys can have at it for two hours of fun in a great facility. I'm in!
Josh / August 25, 2014 at 09:56 am
Make it look like this:

Then I'll be happy.
Nikki replying to a comment from Marc / August 31, 2014 at 07:19 am
So what you're saying is you're a troll. At least you're honest.
Daniel / September 29, 2014 at 02:21 am
Unlike most of y'all commenting, I live 2 blocks from the CNE and go down there everyday. The design is very modest, think of what they could of done. Think all glass like those new condos. Also, 160 per hour is not even a bad price, especially if the facilities is proper. If you get 20 people, 32 bucks a head gets you the court for 4 hours.
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