History[ edit ] Completed in ,   it hosted the San Francisco Warriors of the NBA from to and again from to During the s and s, the SF Examiner Games, a world-class indoor track and field meet, was held annually at the Cow Palace. The Cow Palace was also an important venue for professional boxing until the early s, having staged regular shows, including ten world title fights and appearances of all-time greats like Joe Louis , Sugar Ray Robinson , and Alexis Arguello.
Additionally it has hosted professional wrestling and the Bay Bombers of roller derby ; the Derby's world championship playoffs were held at the Cow Palace every fall beginning from through , when the organization was disbanded. From until , the Ringling Bros. The arena seats 11, for ice hockey and 12, for basketball. When the Warriors played there its basketball capacity was just over 15, Behind the name[ edit ] The idea for the arena was inspired by the popularity of the livestock pavilion at the Panama—Pacific International Exposition.
A local newspaper   asked, as early as May , "Why, when people are starving, should money be spent on a 'palace for cows'? In the following years, it hosted countless hockey and basketball games, wrestling and boxing matches, concerts, roller derby and political events, most notably the and Republican National Conventions. The arena is still used for the Grand National Rodeo today and other events. They won the championship their first season, but ended up disbanding in January part way through their second season.
After a dismal season with an record and less than a thousand fans per game, Schoenstadt moved the franchise again, this time to Kemper Arena , where the team flourished as the Kansas City Comets.
From to , the Sharks sold out every game played at the building. It was one of the last buildings to house a smaller than NHL-regulation rink. The NHL had previously rejected the building in as a home for the expansion California Seals franchise, who instead played home games out of the Oakland—Alameda County Coliseum.
Wayne Presley scored the first Sharks goal at the arena. Three nights later, San Jose won their first game in franchise history there, a win over the Calgary Flames. The Sharks' second season in the Cow Palace was highlighted by a game losing streak and a league record 71 losses. The Sharks ended their run at the Cow Palace at the conclusion of the —93 season with a loss to eventual Campbell Conference champion Los Angeles on April 10, The team also introduced their mascot, S.
Sharkie , on the Cow Palace ice in mid when he climbed out of the front of a Zamboni. He later bungee-jumped from the rafters near the end of the first season. Interestingly, several players who played for the Sharks during their Cow Palace years suited up for the Spiders that year. Due to poor attendance, the team ceased operations at the end of the —96 season.
The Palace has also hosted professional wrestling events under promoters, most notably Roy Shire, who ran cards there from the early 60s to , oftentimes to sold out houses headlined by Ray Stevens, Pat Patterson and others.
However, the next year they would move to Stockton as the independent Stockton Wolves. The engineers designed new structural steel beams and had them installed in the rafters to provide the additional support required.