Brock’s Homecoming hockey clash headed back to downtown St. Catharines

MEDIA RELEASE: September 14 2023 – R0082

The excitement is building as Brock University prepares to host its premier Homecoming event, the 23rd Steel Blade Classic, on Friday, Sept. 22.

Each year, the highly anticipated event delivers a night of hockey action, school spirit and entertainment for fans of all ages — and 2023 will be no different.

The Steel Blade Classic has become a beloved tradition, drawing thousands of fans to the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines, where they come together to cheer on the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team as they face off against the Guelph Gryphons.

Tickets for the downtown showdown are still available on

“The Steel Blade Classic is a remarkable fusion of exhilarating hockey action and the vibrant spirit of our community, all set against the backdrop of an energized and electric atmosphere,” said Melissa Krist, Executive Director of Brock Sports and Recreation. “This event is a celebration of Brock and Niagara’s shared heritage, a showcase of unwavering enthusiasm and a chance to forge lasting memories amid the camaraderie of friends, family and alumni.”

The pre-game Fan Fest, beginning at 4 p.m. outside the Meridian Centre, will offer food options such as the signature Badger Bratwurst; face painting and games, such as cornhole and a puck-shooting contest; the sale of vintage Badgers’ hockey jerseys; refreshments from Niagara Oast House Brewers; and music by DJ Dave Stiles.

To make attending the event safe and convenient, Brock is providing shuttle buses running on a continuous loop to the Meridian Centre from the University’s main campus between 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m., with return service at the end of the game. Buses will pick up passengers on campus at Quarry View, Vallee and Lowenberger residences, as well as in front of the Student-Alumni Centre near Isaac’s.

Please note that parking at the Meridian Centre is limited, so those planning to drive are encouraged to park in one of the downtown parking garages.

Brock graduates have exclusive access to purchase VIP tickets for the fourth floor VIP alumni section of the Meridian Centre, which offers a bird’s-eye view of the game, access to a private bar and complimentary snacks, while supplies last. To purchase VIP tickets and register for other Homecoming events, visit

Alumni VIP tickets can be picked up Sept. 22 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alumni Tent outside of the Meridian Centre main entrance. After 7:30 p.m., unclaimed tickets will be available for pickup at the will call desk inside the Meridian Centre.

As part of Brock’s commitment to supporting the community, the University will donate $1 from each ticket sold to the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) Food First Program. This program is a valuable resource for students and helps address the pressing issues of food and health insecurity among Canadian post-secondary students.

In addition to the exciting hockey action on the ice, the concourse level of the Meridian Centre will feature booths from BUSU and the Brock Campus Store, offering fans a chance to connect with the University and purchase exclusive memorabilia.

Steel Blade Classic hockey game:

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 22
  • Time: Pre-game Fan Fest begins at 4 p.m., with puck drop at 7 p.m.
  • Location: Meridian Centre, Downtown St. Catharines
  • Tickets:

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Doug Hunt, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, Brock University or 905-941-6209

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