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Best Seats in the House: a guide to the celebs and Bay Streeters who cheer on the Raptors

Best Seats in the House: a guide to the celebs and Bay Streeters who cheer on the Raptors

The high-profile spectators who’ve made Raps games the hottest ticket in Toronto sports

Celebrity Watch: Best Seats in the House

Half the fun of NBA fandom is peeping stars sitting courtside. Unfortunately, for a long time, Raps games were as celestial as a bag of fertilizer. No longer. Last fall, that rascally love-’em-leave-’em super-exec Tim Leiweke named Drake the organization’s global ambassador, and the wattage of home games suddenly surged. So did the fringe benefits of season’s tickets. Here, the luminaries who have sat courtside in the era of Drizzy, and the high-rolling fans who have a front-row view of all the action.

01
Emo-rapper Drake April 2014 Executed an aggressive 10-second lint-roll during the playoffs against the Nets. The courtside preening was captured on camera, preserving the moment for posterity.
02
Feather-haired sex symbol Jon Bon Jovi October 2013 Came to town to discuss bringing the Buffalo Bills to the city with Larry Tanenbaum and Rogers. Was the filling in a Leiweke-Tanenbaum courtside sandwich as they watched the Raps beat the Celtics to start the season.
03
Bacardi-chugging lyricist 50 Cent April 2014 Despite being a New York native, wore a “Northern Uprising” snapback, askew just so, during the Raps’ playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets.
04
Hannibal star Laurence Fishburne January 2014 Was pulled onto the court, possibly a few cocktails deep, during the peak of Fordgate. Yelled into the mike, “Rob Ford, now that you’ve had your come-to-Jesus moment, let’s crack-a-lack it, playa,” which didn’t make much sense to anyone.
05
Hip-hop hipster Macklemore November 2013 Gleefully chucked Raps T-shirts into the crowd at halftime and hobnobbed with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade post-game.
06
NBA stud Andrew Wiggins April 2014 Played it cool when Drake’s song “Draft Day,” which features a shout-out to him, played over the speakers.
07
Sochi snowboarder Mark McMorris April 2014 Showed off his bronze medal on camera, eliciting a sustained standing O from the crowd.
08
Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier and wife Martine January 2014 Ate popcorn and canoodled.
09
Blue Jays slugger Adam Lind January 2014 Showed up wearing an Indiana Pacers hat (he’s from there), which he removed at staff’s gentle urging.
10
Game of Thrones actors February 2014 In town to promote the Game of Thrones Season Three DVD, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) got a taste of our long winter and watched the Raps lose by a bucket to the Bulls.

Celebrity Watch: Best Seats in the House
Paradise ($84,765 per season)
David Kassie Canaccord Genuity Drake MLSE Perry Dellelce Wildeboer Dellelce
Bhatia’s Baseline ($44,489 per season)
Super-fan Nav Bhatia Mississauga Hyundai
Hollywood Row ($44,489 per season)
John Bitove Sirius XM Canada, Mobilicity, Raptors founder Larry Tanenbaum MLSE and Kilmer Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman Onex and Indigo Edward Sonshine RioCan Ira Gluskin Gluskin Sheff Mike Wekerle Difference Capital and Dragon’s Den
Bay Street South ($44,489 per season)
Bruce Croxon Round 13 Capital Sheldon Inwentash Pinetree Capital
High-Roller Heaven ($18,668 per season)
Barry Allan Marret Asset Management Jim McGovern Arrow Capital

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