More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the 21st annual Steel Blade Classic hockey game Friday night at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.
The game starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m. The game is sold out, but a limited number of tickets may become available on a first-come, first-served basis after the game gets started.
Here’s what you need to know leading up to the game:
Don’t put the bad in Badger
Brock University prides itself on being a good community neighbour. Steel Blade is a celebration, but everyone attending the game is reminded to party responsibly and make smart decisions. Any students arriving to the bus pickup locations or the Meridian Centre itself who are visibly intoxicated will be turned away and no refunds for purchased tickets will be given. Drink responsibly, and stay hydrated and well-fed.
Getting to the game
No parking is available at the Meridian Centre, so anyone driving should park at one of the downtown parking garages. Students going to and from the game are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle busses running between the main Brock campus and the arena. These will run on a continuous loop from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. and will take students back to Brock from 9 to 11:30 p.m.
Pickup locations on campus are at Quarry View, Vallee and Lowenberger residences, as well as in front of the Student Centre near Isaac’s.
What you can bring
Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the Meridian Centre, but empty refillable water bottles are allowed. Bags smaller than 12”x12”x12” will be allowed while professional cameras, strollers and any drugs or alcohol are forbidden.
Badger doughnuts and Gryphon burgers
Throughout the day Friday, Badger-themed doughnuts will be available at all on-campus Tim Hortons locations, and ‘Gryphon’ burgers will be on sale in both residence dining halls and Guernsey Market. For last minute Badgers gear, the Campus Store is open until 10 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Friday.