Tall order: Toronto hotel prepares to host NBA players
A Toronto hotel is super-sizing its accommodations as it prepares to host some larger-than-life basketball players during the NBA All-Star Weekend.
Suites at the Thompson Hotel have been equipped with extra-large robes, slippers and beds to accommodate the large stature of some of the players.
“We’re fortunate that we have a property that has very high ceilings throughout and high elevators as well, so it’s a perfect place for them to be in Toronto,” said Frank Campo, the hotel’s director of marketing.
The hotel, located at 550 Wellington St. near Bathurst Street is just one of the downtown expect to house the athletes.
For privacy and security reasons, hotel staff would not say which players are staying at which hotel.
The All-Star festivities will start on Thursday. The All-Star Game will be played on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre.
This will be the first time an NBA All-Star Weekend will have been held outside the United States.
Mayor John Tory said hosting the All-Star Weekend is a significant moment for the city’s history.
“It represents, I think, the confidence that the NBA, the confidence that the sporting world, the confidence that business has in our city,” Tory said. “It’s a proud moment for our city.”
There are currently 12 Canadian players in the NBA. That’s the most there have ever been and more than any other country outside the U.S.
With a report from CTV Toronto’s John Musselman