|Location||10 Talbot Street North, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada|
|Owner||The Municipality of Norfolk County|
|Operator||The Municipality of Norfolk County|
|Construction cost||> $1,000,000|
|Capacity||approx. 1,000 |
Simcoe & District Minor Hockey
The Talbot Gardens is a hockey arena in the Canadian community of Simcoe, Ontario. Opened in 1946, Talbot Gardens helped filled a need for ice hockey in North America in addition to other sports that could be played indoors during the summer months. A professional hockey team, the Norfolk IceCats, once played out of Talbot Gardens before North Eastern Hockey League became defunct. The current tenants at Talbot Gardens is a Junior "C" team the Simcoe Storm of the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League.
Certain hockey games pertaining to the Simcoe Storm are broadcast on Community Cable Channel 5 during the weekends. During the 1990s, the arena was given a facelift to look more like Maple Leaf Gardens (the former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs). Thus, the architecture was re-arranged and the arena received a new coat of paint. Local sponsors (most notably Tim Hortons) have always decorated the scoreboard in addition to the interior of the hockey arena. Roller hockey is a featured attraction in the summer and is played by children as a practice game for the winter ice hockey games. Hockey season at Talbot Gardens typically lasts from September 1 (just before Canadian Labor Day) to April 15.
Part of the arena is also a preschool, which replaced the Campbell Clark Preschool.
On September 12, 2012, Talbot Gardens was the venue for the construction dispute involving the renovation of Ontario provincial Highway 3 from Simcoe to neighboring Delhi. A mixed gender charity hockey game is a Family Day tradition at Talbot Gardens; allowing spouses to play alongside each other in a non-competitive environment.
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