It's now confirmed. The Toronto Raptors are returning home for next season.

A spokesperson for the Raptors has confirmed to AllRaptors that the team's long-awaited return will indeed take place on October 4 when Toronto hosts the Philadelphia 76ers in the preseason opener at Scotiabank Arena.

All signs seemed to be pointing in this direction for a while now. Toronto was listed as the destination for the Raptors' home games when the regular season schedule was released, but no decision had been officially made at that point.

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Toronto will officially open its regular season on October 20 against the Washington Wizards marking the 600th day since the Raptors last played a true home game on February 28, 2020, against the Charlotte Hornets.

Anyone attending Raptors games this season will need to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the stadium, per MLSE policy.

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