Media releases

  • Hometown Baseball game returns to George Taylor Field

    MEDIA RELEASE: 17 September 2019 – R00147

    Brock is inviting the community to a free baseball game at George Taylor Field in the Merritton neighbourhood of St. Catharines as part of the University’s Homecoming Weekend celebrations.

    The annual Hometown Baseball game to be held Sunday, Sept. 22 will see the Brock Badgers host the Ontario Blue Jays, a team that grooms up-and-coming elite talent in preparation for high-level baseball.

    Gates open at noon and the first pitch is set for 1 p.m.

    Admission to the Hometown Baseball game is free and the first 100 kids through the gates will receive a free Badgers baseball hat. The event includes free face painting and a family zone, as well a fundraising barbecue for the Brock baseball program.

    George Taylor Field on Seymour Ave. in Merritton has been home to the Brock baseball team for nearly two decades. In that time, the team has won two national championships and four provincial titles.

    “The Hometown Baseball game has turned into a great tradition,” said head coach Marc LePage. “It gives the community a chance to see the high quality of baseball at Brock, plus it’s a great time for the whole family. The players really enjoy interacting with the fans and are very appreciative of their support.”

    Bringing Brock sporting events to the Niagara community continues to be a key focus of the 2019-20 Badgers athletic season, said Brock Sports Associate Director Emily Allan.

    “Off the heels of a sold-out Steel Blade Classic last weekend, Hometown Baseball is another great opportunity to host the community,” she said. “Our Badgers baseball team is one of the best in the country, and they love competing in front of a hometown crowd.”

    LePage said the strength of his team comes from solid baseball fundamentals.

    “Hitting and strong defence have been the keys to our success so far,” he said. “Our young pitching staff is showing promise, but our bats have been a real strength for us.”

    Brock has compiled a record of five wins and four losses to start the season, which is made up of opponents from various Canadian and American colleges and universities.

    Visit for a full schedule and more information.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Stephen Leithwood, Communications Officer, Brock Sports/Ancillary Services, 905-688-5550 ext. 4752

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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  • Brock’s Homecoming kicks off with Grape Stomp Friday

    MEDIA RELEASE: 16 September 2019 – R00146

    If you’ve ever wanted to know what stomping on a seemingly endless supply of Concord grapes with bare feet feels like, you’re in luck.

    Brock University’s annual Homecoming Grape Stomp takes places this Friday, Sept. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Brock’s Jubilee Court.

    Teams of students will compete for prizes by dressing up in costumes and stomping on a metric tonne of Concord grapes, with children from the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care getting their feet dirty first by stomping on their own sections of grapes at noon.

    Approximately 700 Brock students will have the opportunity to participate in the tradition, which has been ranked No. 2 out of the top Canadian university traditions by University Affairs Magazine.

    While it is highly recommended to avoid consuming the grapes, the event will feature a free barbecue as well as live music.

    The annual event kicks off Brock’s Homecoming Weekend, which includes a full slate of activities from Sept. 20 to 22. Also on the calendar:

    Alumni Recognition Reception

    Saturday, Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m.

    Taking place in Brock’s Lowenberger Dining Hall, alumni who graduated either 25 or 50 years ago will be recognized. The event will also celebrate Greg Craig (BBA ’91) as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Brock University Alumni Association. Brock’s Faculties will also present the Distinguished Faculty Graduate Awards.

    Goodman School of Business tours and barbecue

    Saturday, Sept. 21, Noon to 2 p.m.
    Barbecue lunch for Goodman School of Business graduates and tours of the remodeled classrooms and new technology being used in the Goodman School.

    Brock Night at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival

    Saturday, Sept. 21, 5 to 7 p.m.

    Back again for 2019 is the Brock VIP experience at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. Brock alumni who have pre-purchased tickets will experience local wine and food while enjoying a panoramic view of Montebello Park from the elevated and covered Harvest Lounge.


    Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21

    Among the reunions being held throughout the weekend are: Classes of 1969, 1994, 2009, 2014 and 2018.

    Brock Sports

    Saturday, Sept. 21

    Brock’s Alumni Field will host a pair of homecoming rugby games. The men play against Laurier at 1 p.m. with the women to play against Queen’s at 4 p.m.

    Sunday, Sept. 22

    For the second year, Brock will host Hometown Baseball at George Taylor Field. The men’s baseball team will play the Ontario Blue Jays in a community-focused game at 1 p.m. Gates open at noon with free Badgers baseball hats for the first 100 kids. There will also be facepainting and a family zone.

    A full list of Homecoming weekend events can be found on the Brock University website, and all events are open to the media. Spots are available for media interested in taking part in Grape Stomp alongside the students Friday. Contact Dan Dakin for more information.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

    Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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