In 1941, journalists inadvertently gave the livestock exhibition hall its name by proclaiming, "They're building a palace for cows!".
More than 41 million people have experienced the populist grandeur of Cow Palace. There is no event too un-P.C. (gun shows), too dated (roller derbies), too cheesy (wrestling), or too stinky (rodeos). The 14,500-seat arena is flanked by two adjoining exhibit halls; there are also two separate halls behind it, where pooches strut at the annual San Francisco Dog and Kennel Show.
Fine for the circus and rodeo. The Cow Palace offers a blast to the past, back to the days without a lot of variety offered (for example, you can't get much more to eat here than a hot dog, popcorn and beer). But there's plenty of parking and access from 101 and 280. This is a perfect spot for events such as the circus and the Grand National rodeo.
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