Brock University’s premier basketball showcase is making its long-awaited return to downtown St. Catharines on Saturday, Nov. 25.
The Brock men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to host a Paint the Meridian Red doubleheader versus the McMaster Marauders at the Meridian Centre.
The women’s game will tip off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.ca
Brock Sports and Recreation Executive Director Melissa Krist said she’s looking forward to bringing back the community sporting event after a three-year hiatus.
“Playing before a sea of spectators in grand arenas like the Meridian Centre etches unforgettable memories in our student-athletes’ hearts. These games have evolved into unmissable spectacles for our students and fans — a testament to our Brock pride,” Krist said. “We encourage the community to secure their tickets in advance. It’s an invaluable opportunity for our basketball programs, and the University, to connect with the Niagara community.”
The event will include a community zone with family-friendly activities such as face painting and games. Transportation will be provided for Brock students to and from the main campus.
“Playing at the Meridian Centre is a rare opportunity, especially for our Niagara-born talents. It’s a chance of a lifetime to showcase our skills in front of family and friends, creating lasting memories,” said Brock women’s head coach Mike Rao. “The high-energy game and the electric crowd atmosphere make it a unique experience.”
Both of Brock’s basketball teams opened the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) regular season with back-to-back victories over the University of Toronto and York University on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4.
“Paint the Meridian Red is a unique moment for the Niagara region and aspiring athletes to see that Brock stands out among other universities across the country,” said Brock men’s basketball head coach Willy Manigat. “We aim to be one of the top programs in the country, and this event is a key differentiator that enhances our student-athletes’ experience and opportunities.”