Bulldogs Home Opener October 7th - Downtown Parking and Transit Tips

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BRANTFORD, ON – Brantford is gearing up for a triple whammy of fun and excitement on Saturday, October 7, 2023; so, whether you’re planning to attend the popular Scare in the Square event at Harmony Square (12 p.m. – 10 p.m.) or the Brantford Bulldogs Home Opener (7:00 p.m.), or Comedy Fest at Sanderson Centre (7:00 p.m.), please expect a bit more traffic than usual, and consider the tips outlined below to help improve your experience.

Public Transit and Shuttles

To help reduce congestion downtown on this busy Thanksgiving long weekend Saturday, please consider using Brantford Transit to get to either event. Brantford Transit will operate a direct FREE shuttle from the downtown terminal to the Brantford District Civic Centre for all Brantford Bulldogs OHL home games. The shuttles are complimentary for passengers who have utilized Brantford Transit to reach the downtown terminal and present their ticket to the driver; otherwise, standard Transit fares apply. Shuttle service will start 1.5 hours before each game and for approximately one hour after the game. The Bulldogs home opener shuttle on October 7th starts at 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and will also be available for approximately one hour after the game. Transfers and regular passes will be accepted. Please check Brantford.ca/Transit for updated routes and schedules.

Brantford Bulldogs Game Parking and Market St. Detour

For Brantford Bulldogs ticket holders attending the game at the Civic Centre, free on-site parking is available. Additional parking can be found at Earl Haig Family Fun Park, located next to the Civic Centre at 101 Market Street South, the Brantford Farmers Market at 79 Icomm Drive or the Market Centre Parkade at 59 Icomm Drive. For more information about planning your trip to the Bulldogs Home Opener, tickets, or where to stay or dine, please visit Brantford.ca/Bulldogs.  

Please be aware of, and adhere to all detours in place and expect delays during the evening. 

View the game at Harmony Square

To celebrate the Brantford Bulldogs home opener, the City is pleased to broadcast the game live on a large screen at Harmony Square beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are not required to watch the game at Harmony Square, however, don’t forget your lawn chair to view in comfort.

Scare in the Square and Sanderson Centre Comedy Festival – Events Parking

For those attending the activities at Brantford’s Scare in the Square at Harmony Square, between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. or the 12th Annual Brantford Comedy Festival, featuring Jeremy Hotz, at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, beginning at 7 p.m., limited free street parking is available in addition to paid parking as outlined below. 

Municipal Parking

  • Market Centre Parkade: free municipal parking is available on Saturday between the Brantford and District Civic Centre and Harmony Square. The entrance is located at 59 Icomm Drive.
  • Darling Street Municipal Parking Lot No. 3: a paid parking lot is available and located next to the Brantford Transit Main Bus Terminal.
  • King Street Municipal Parking Lot No. 4: a paid parking lot is available and located between Dalhousie Street and Colborne Street off King Street.

A central pay station is available at the Municipal Parking Lots No. 3 and 4 where coins, Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted. Rates can be found at Brantford.ca/Parking.

As we prepare for the events on October 7, 2023, we encourage everyone to plan ahead and consider their transportation options, so that all can enjoy as safely and stress-free as possible.  

We look forward to seeing you for a super exciting Saturday in the city!


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