The Cow Palace, seating up to 15,000 people, is a well known venue in Daly City that borders South San Francisco. The arena has hosted a variety of events including: concerts, trade shows, dog shows, car shows, festivals, and sporting events, as well as community and charitable events.
Although the Cow Palace was briefly the home of the San Francisco Warriors of the NBA, and the San Jose Sharks of the NHL, its main purpose has been to host the Grand National Rodeo and other livestock shows that encourage participation in agriculture.
The origin of the Cow Palace came from the success of a huge livestock exhibition in 1915. The local businesses decided to build a structure for future livestock exhibitions. After many delays, including a change in location, Cow Palace was finally completed in 1941. The first event hosted in the six-acre arena was the Grand National Rodeo, which has been held there every year since, with a short break during World War II.
Once the facility was officially opened for general public use in 1949, the Cow Palace began to host other non-agricultural events. Some past appearances include: Evel Knievel, John F. Kennedy, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, the Doors, Santana, and a host of others.