Cow Palace - San Francisco, CA
Straddling the border between San Francisco and Daly City, California, the Cow Palace was officially opened in 1941 as the California State Livestock Pavilion. In 1947, and NCAA basketball game was the first sporting event held in the famed venue, which would later officially become known as the Cow Palace.
The Cow Palace was the home of the NBA's Golden State Warriors in the 1960s, and housed the San Jose Sharks of the NHL from 1991-1993. Annually, the venue plays host to several events, including the Grand National Rodeo, the Golden Gate Kennel & Dog Show, and Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus. It also hosted the 1956 and 1864 Republican National Conventions, and saw the debut of the Grateful Dead's landmark "Wall of Sound" during their concert on March 23, 1974. The Cow Palace has also hosted such legendary music acts as The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beach Boys, among others.
In addition, the Cow Palace is one of the most recognized and fabled wrestling venues in the world. The San Francisco area is where WWE Hall of Fame "Classy" Freddie Blassie earned his stripes in the business, and remains a staple of sports-entertainment culture.
WCW held their annual SuperBrawl pay-per-view at the Cow Palace in 1997, 1998 and 2000, seeing such epic battles as WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan vs. Sting and Hogan vs. one of his Hall of Fame Classmates, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. In addition to No Way Out 2004, the Cow Palace has hosted several RAW and SmackDown events, as well as WCW Monday Nitro and AWA's SuperClash in 1986. In sports-entertainment lore, the venue will forever be known as the site where Eddie Guerrero won the WWE Championship in February 2004.