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Toronto Raptors to hold training camp practices at Fortius

Nick Nurse, assistant coach of the Toronto Raptors, was in Burnaby on Wednesday to announce that his team would hold some of its training camp this October in Vancouver, drawn in part by the facilities at Fortius Sports & Health in Burnaby. - Caleb Cousens/Contributed
Nick Nurse, assistant coach of the Toronto Raptors, was in Burnaby on Wednesday to announce that his team would hold some of its training camp this October in Vancouver, drawn in part by the facilities at Fortius Sports & Health in Burnaby.
— image credit: Caleb Cousens/Contributed

The Toronto Raptors will be returning to Vancouver for part of its upcoming training camp, drawn partly by the facilities at Burnaby's Fortius Sports & Health, the NBA team announced Wednesday.

Head coach Dwane Casey and the team will start its camp in Toronto, Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, before heading west. It also held its 2010 training camp in Vancouver.

“We look forward to returning to Vancouver and taking advantage of the great facilities at Fortius Sports & Health,” said Casey in a press release. “As Canada’s team we feel this trip will build on momentum gained from last season’s playoff appearance and the launch of our We the North campaign.”

Craig Thompson, president and CEO of Fortius Sport & Health, noted its facility provides all the team needs in one place.

“Being able to offer a one stop shop for high performance training camps is something we pride ourselves on. Teams can stay here, train here, rehab here and much more.”

The Raptors will hold practices Oct. 3 and 4 at the Fortius facility on Kensington Avenue, across from Bill Copeland Arena. But the sessions will be closed to the public.

The team will open its pre-season with a game at Vancouver's Rogers Arena against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 5. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-5000.

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