Given it was frigid outside, the Raptors tailgate party was a success.
Held outside the Air Canada Centre for the majority of Wednesday afternoon, the party saw a couple hundred fans — many ticket holders — indulge in:
Free poutine (the Raptors special was a carnivorous concoction of sausage, bacon and pulled pork)
Chili (about 700 pounds were consumed in 2 ½ hours)
“There is a lot more excitement in the air,” said Josh Samuel, a PhD student in theology at McMaster University. “Openers have a playoffs atmosphere.”