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“Damm it’s hard to believe it was 50 years ago at the Cow Palace in San Francisco I rode this 2400 pound bull , now watching bull riders I coach win Championships is my payback for living Lavita Loca !!!!!!!!”
~ Gary Leffew – BullridersOnly
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With hockey season upon us, let’s travel back in time to when the SJ Sharks played their first season right here at the Cow Palace!
Here is the 1991-1992 team (and you can see the Cow Palace seats in the background) and an old advertisement for the first season.
Since Golden State Warriors basketball is in full swing, here are some nostalgic pictures from their time here at the Cow Palace:
Jan 26, 1967: Rick Barry hands the ball to partner-in-awesome-tube-socks Nate Thurmond, which Nate will throw to a streaking Attles on the right.
Feb. 21, 1963: Wilt Chamberlain lays the ball in over Bill Russell during a game between the San Francisco Warriors and Boston Celtics at the Cow Palace.
San Francisco Giants win the 2014 World Series!
Congratulations from the Cow Palace. #ChampionsTogether #OrangeOctober
Enjoy some photos from the SF Giants Twitter:
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Who’s ready for Rodeo?!
Opening night Friday, October 17th.
Get your tickets at the Cow Palace or online.
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Flashback Friday : Both Guy Rogers and Alvin Attles played with the San Francisco Warriors during the years that they played some of their games here at the Cow Palace. Read the following from the Warriors about the 2014 Hall of Fame :
Four Warriors legends will be honored at the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, August 8. Former Golden State Warriors Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis and Guy Rodgers will be inducted and Alvin Attles will receive the 2014 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Attles, an 11-year NBA veteran, was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in the fifth round of the 1960 NBA Draft. Spending his entire playing career with the Warriors as the franchise moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco, he finished with career averages of 8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 711 regular season games. Named player-coach of the Warriors midway through the 1969-70 season, Attles went on to coach the Warriors through the 1983 season, the longest coaching stint (13 seasons) in the franchise’s history. The North Carolina A&T graduate became the second African-American coach to win an NBA title after leading the San Francisco Warriors to its first and only West Coast NBA championship in 1975. Currently in his 54th year with the Warriors organization, Attles’s current stint with the same team represents the longest active streak in the NBA. 
Rodgers, a four-time NBA All-Star, was originally a territorial selection by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1958 NBA Draft. In eight seasons (1958-66) with the Warriors (four in both Philadelphia and San Francisco), Rodgers averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds over 587 regular season games with the franchise, earning All-Star honors three times (1962-63, 1966). A Temple University product, Rodgers played 13 seasons (1958-1970) in the NBA with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks, finishing with career averages of 11.7 points, 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 892 regular season games, leading the NBA in assists two times (1963, 1967). 
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Who remembers the Warriors playing at the Cow Palace?
The Warriors had purchased land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay area this year which means they will be returning to The City.
With a little digging, we found a SF Chronicle clipping of the first mention of a local SF basketball team — stating the Cow Palace as the arena.
Enjoy this little throwback!
Also, here’s a look at where the new arena will be :