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First look: Raptors show off Tampa training facility

The NBA team used ballroom space in the J.W. Marriott to build its new practice courts and team offices.
The Raptors built two full practice courts inside a hotel ballroom space on the fourth floor of the J.W. Marriott in Tampa.
The Raptors built two full practice courts inside a hotel ballroom space on the fourth floor of the J.W. Marriott in Tampa. [ Toronto Raptors ]
Published Dec. 18, 2020
Updated Dec. 18, 2020

TAMPA — The Raptors moved into their temporary practice facility this week and on Thursday released the first images of their new Tampa home.

Related: Raptors making Tampa’s Amalie Arena look like home

Built in a ballroom space on the fourth floor of the yet-to-be-opened J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Tampa (adjacent to Amalie Arena, where the Raptors will play home games through at least March 4), the facility includes two full practice courts, a locker room, meeting rooms and team offices.

One of the two practice courts the Raptors built inside the J.W. Marriott hotel as part of their new practice facility.
One of the two practice courts the Raptors built inside the J.W. Marriott hotel as part of their new practice facility. [ Toronto Raptors ]
Inside the Raptors' practice facility at the J.W. Marriott, the locker room stalls are spread out to maintain proper social distancing.
Inside the Raptors' practice facility at the J.W. Marriott, the locker room stalls are spread out to maintain proper social distancing. [ Toronto Raptors ]
The Raptors' weight room inside their temporary practice facility at the J.W. Marriott.
The Raptors' weight room inside their temporary practice facility at the J.W. Marriott. [ Toronto Raptors ]
A team meeting room inside the Raptors' temporary practice facility at the J.W. Marriott.
A team meeting room inside the Raptors' temporary practice facility at the J.W. Marriott. [ Toronto Raptors ]
The Raptors' new practice facility includes offices for coaches and front office personnel. This is the door to head coach Nick Nurse's office.
The Raptors' new practice facility includes offices for coaches and front office personnel. This is the door to head coach Nick Nurse's office. [ Toronto Raptors ]

We will take a closer look at the facility, the work it took to design and build it, and how the Raptors have made Tampa their temporary home in next week’s Tampa Bay Times.

The Raptors play their first game at Amalie Arena on Friday, an exhibition game against the Miami Heat, and open the regular season Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans. The team practiced for the first time at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Related: Raptors games in Tampa will have limited fans in stands

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard