Throwback Thursday: Gary Leffew at GNR


“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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Throwback: Grateful Dead NYE at the Cow Palace 1976

A 3 CD set of the Grateful Dead show at the Cow Palace, San Francisco on December 31, 1976. A bonus CD, Spirit of ’76, was distributed with copies of Live at the Cow Palace pre-ordered from the online Grateful Dead store. A 5 LP audiophile edition was released in 2014.





Throwback Thursday : September 1, 1996

The circus is almost back in town! 

So for this Throwback Thursday, we’re taking it back to September 1,1996. 


Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus will be back at the end of the month from August 28th-September 1st at the Cow Palace! You can get your tickets now at our Box Office or online at Ticketmaster

Throwback Thursday : Dolly Parton

Do you remember when Dolly Parton performed here at the Cow Palace with Kenny Rogers?

This week’s Throwback Thursday is from December 29th, 1984 – Kenny & Dolly.

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We thought it’d be fitting with the recent Great American Country’s special  “Backstory  featuring Dolly Parton”.

Dolly Parton is a world-class actress, best-selling author, dedicated philanthropist and a savvy businesswoman who’s been charting her own course for decades. But before life in the spotlight, Parton lived a humble life in the Smoky Mountains. Great American Country’s Backstory gives you an inside look at Parton’s rise to fame and her myriad endeavors as a country music star.

Many people know Parton for her music, but Dollywood is almost as much of an institution as Parton herself, especially in East Tennessee. Her theme and water parks attract thousands of visitors and celebrities every year.


* via Great American Country

Throwback Thursday : Warriors

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 :



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