Cow Palace part 1 - Daly City, California
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Music - Pacific Coast Highway by Nils

Photographed in 1988 and 1992 using film. Photographed in 2011 using digital.

Cow Palace - Opened in 1941 and is still in use. Official name is California State Livestock Pavilion.

Location - 2600 Geneva Ave. Daily City, California

Located about 15 minutes south of downtown San Francisco, the Cow Palace was the premier arena for San Francisco for many years. Opened in April of 1941, it was originally called the CaliforniaState livestock pavilion. In 1962 the NBA came to the Cow Palace as it was the home court for the San Francisco Warriors. They had just moved across country from Philadelphia. The Warriors used the Cow Palace for 2 seasons before moving to the San Francisco Civic Auditorium in downtown. They came back to the Cow Palace in 1966 and used the arena part time thru the 1971 season. Both the 1964 NBA finals and the 1967 finals were played at the Cow Palace, as the Warriors lost both times. When they won the NBA championship in 1975, 3 games were played here due to events already booked at their home arena, the Oakland Coliseum.

The Cow Palace was also the first home for the NHL San Jose Sharks. The Sharks played here two years from 1991 till 1993 while the HP Pavilion was being built in San Jose. The Sharks lost their first game at the Cow Palace to the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on October 5, 1991. Wayne Presley had the honor of scoring the first Sharks goal at the arena. Three nights later, the Sharks won their first home game, beating the Calgary Flames 4-3. They played their final game here on April 10. 1993, losing to the Los Angeles Kings 3-2. They were not very good BUT the Sharks sold out every game played at the Cow Palace.

The Beatles launched their first North American tour here in 1964. The Grateful Dead played here frequently along with Journey, Santana and just about everyone else. One of the more famous events here was the Who concert in 1973. Drummer Keith Moon took a tranquilizer and washed it down with brandy. He ended up passing out. Pete Townshend asked the stunned audience "can ANYONE HERE play the drums?" Scot Halpin came on stage and sat behind the kit for Keith.

For over 70 years now, the Cow Palace has hosted just about every event you can think of. Starting next season, it will have a regular tenant as a minor league hockey team will call the Cow Palace home.
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This was the San Jose Sharks locker room when the team played here.


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