Talbot Gardens

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Talbot Gardens
Location 10 Talbot Street North, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
Owner The Municipality of Norfolk County
Operator The Municipality of Norfolk County
Capacity approx. 1,000 [1]
Opened 1946
Construction cost > $1,000,000
Simcoe Storm (NDJCHL) (1959–present)
Norfolk IceCats (NEHL) (2007–2008)
Norfolk Vikings (GMHL) (2015–present)

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 the North Eastern Hockey League became defunct. The current tenants at Talbot Gardens include a Junior "C" team, the Simcoe Storm of the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League and the Norfolk Vikings of the Greater Metro Junior A 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 Labour 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.[2] 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.[3]


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Coordinates: 42°50′13″N 80°18′29″W / 42.836891°N 80.308106°W / 42.836891; -80.308106