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Salinas Sports Complex, Salinas

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The Salinas Sports Complex is a sporting complex located in Salinas, California on the Central Coast. The main feature of the complex is a 17,000-seat stadium for California Rodeo Salinas. Soccer, football, and rugby was also played at the main stadium before the opening of Rabobank Stadium next door.

The grounds have been home to the California Rodeo Salinas since 1911. The original wood stadium structure was built in 1924 and replaced in 1996 with a stadium design by Kasavan Architects. The stadium's field is wide enough to host soccer matches along with football games, and indeed it hosted the California Jaguars of the United Soccer Leagues (then USISL) from 1995 to 1999.

For several years, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) has hosted events from its "minor league" system, such as the Touring Pro Division (formerly the Challenger Tour) and BlueDEF Tour, at the complex.

The complex is also home to baseball and softball fields.

The stadium not only hosts rodeo and sports events; it can be converted into a race track for auto racing, monster truck shows, and motorcycle racing.

Concerts have been held at the venue, such as the Eagles in 2005, RBD in 2006, the Scorpions in 2006, Mary J. Blige in 2007, Luis Miguel in 2007, Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 2009, Alan Jackson in 2012, Aerosmith in 2015, Kid Rock in 2017, and Blake Shelton in 2018.
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  • Nice place to see motor sports events with the infrastructure to handle big crowds. Once home to national events, local riders use the track usually just once a year. Family friendly good fun! 
    Nice place to see motor sports events with the infrastructure to handle big crowds. Once home to national events, local riders use the track usually just once a year. Family friendly good fun!  more »
  • We were here for a large weekend softball tournament which would have been great but there was also football, and a huge Christmas tree lot being prepared. The result was parking for the tournament.....  more
    We were here for a large weekend softball tournament which would have been great but there was also football, and a huge Christmas tree lot being prepared. The result was parking for the tournament.....  more »
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  • The rodeo was great! But it was quite cold at night The parking is 10$ We got low cost coca cola tickets for 5$ each
  • Very disappointed how management handled the Monster Jam show. In all the events I have attended, I have never seen such disorganization. We live 5 minutes from the complex, and gave ourselves over an hour to get inside. It took over 2.5 hours. There was no explanation prior to the way they were closing off the U-turns or the best way to enter, nor was there anyone directing traffic near the complex. The security lines were of course a joke, resulting in extremely long lines. Once inside, we had already missed half the show, and no that's not an exaggeration. Show started at 2, we left at 1 and once again, live only 5 minutes away. We were seated by 3:45. There was no time to get food or use the restrooms, as the lines were insane. The parking attendants were upset as well, and even told us that the show was oversold and they were in the process of trying to get parking through the baseball field. It's almost like the complex never held any sort of event at all, and this was all new for them. There were many cars behind us, and the field we parked in definitely would have gotten filled. I am not sure if cars had to be eventually turned away or not. There were other weird issues throughout the show. I was very excited to attend an event in my hometown, and experience the complex for the first time. I sadly don't think I will be back.

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