Media releases

  • 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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  • Badgers from across Brock’s near 60 years to return for Homecoming celebration

    MEDIA RELEASE: September 13 2023 – R0081

    Both recent and established Brock graduates will come together to connect, reminisce and celebrate during the return of the University’s Homecoming event beginning this weekend.

    Running from Saturday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 24, Homecoming includes a variety of activities combining beloved Badger traditions, new experiences and virtual educational programming open to graduates from around the globe.

    The festivities begin with the Alumni Recognition Reception on Sept. 16, with 10 outstanding Brock grads honoured for their community contributions and professional accomplishments.

    “Our graduates have gone on to make a difference in their respective fields and communities, using their passions to better the world in many ways,” says Kim Post, Interim Director of Alumni Relations. “These exceptional alumni are an inspiration to the next generation of Badgers who will follow in their footsteps — and perhaps connect with them someday at a future Homecoming event.”

    In addition to much-anticipated reunions, highlights of this year’s Homecoming include the return of fan-favourite events: the Steel Blade Classic hockey game with alumni VIP experience on Friday, Sept. 22 and Brock Night at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23.

    New to the lineup is the Badger Bazaar, which will see more than 50 Brock alumni and student makers and entrepreneurs take over St. Catharines Market Square to share their creations on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will also include food trucks, live music and complimentary face painting. The first 150 people to visit the Alumni booth at the event will receive a Brock Homecoming sprinkle doughnut from Beechwood Doughnuts, co-owned by Brock grad Tayler Book (BA ’14). This event is open to the public and is free to attend.

    “Homecoming is more than a walk down memory lane, it’s a reminder to our graduates that they’ll always be a part of the Brock family,” Post says. “We cannot wait to welcome them home.”

    For a full list of Homecoming events and to register, visit

    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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