In a statement, team president Masai Ujiri thanked government officials for their efforts and said the team would begin the 2020-21 season using Tampa as their home base.
The Raptors put forth an extensive plan to the Canadian government with hopes of playing at Scotiabank Arena safely when the National Basketball Association campaign begins on December 22.
An official familiar with the federal government's decision told The Associated Press on Friday there is too much COVID-19 circulating in the United States to allow for cross-border travel that is not essential.
So the Raptors went with Plan B, which is Tampa.
"These conversations were productive, and we found strong support for the protocols we put forward", Ujiri said in a statement.
The Toronto Raptors will begin the 2020-21 season in Tampa after being unable to secure permission to play in Canada, the team announced Friday. Over the past few weeks, there were negotiations into where the Raptors would play next, and some though Louisville or Buffalo were the most likely options.
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Ujiri said the Raptors will continue to work with the Canadian government on a plan "for a safe return" to play in Toronto.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity and not authorized to talk publicly about the matter, said there's a chance that at some point next year the decision could be reviewed. The number of cases in both countries, but particularly in the US has surged since.
The Blue Jays ultimately played their home games in Buffalo, N.Y. The Raptors have chose to go even further south.
Other Canadian pro teams have also had to seek alternative arrangements: the country's three Major League Soccer teams all had temporary USA homes this season, and an idea bandied about for the NHL this season is to have all seven Canadian teams in one division.