The Historic Horse Stadium brings the giddy-up.
This exquisite structure has been standing for more than 100 years.
The first phase of construction was completed in time for the 1918 edition of the fair, which focused on the construction of the impressive wood truss roof support superstructure and vertical support posts surrounding the arena. A year later the balance of construction was completed with the addition of permanent seating and walkways.
News archives from those early days reveal that Fair leadership bragged that the Stadium’s roof truss system—which allows the center ring to be free of structural supports—was “the largest spanned roof on the Pacific Coast.”
Such is the legacy of statewide pride in this rare structure, with its brick walls, wooden cornice, two-tiered clerestory (originally for natural light and ventilation), and elegant arched bays.
Dimensions: 100' x 200' Arena
Square Footage: 80,000
Ceiling Height: 30'
Floor: Dirt Footing
Lighting: Metal Halide
Features: 46 10'x12 Stalls, Announcers Booth, Show Office, Rodeo Set-Up, Uncovered Warm-Up Area, Paging from Announcers Booth to Barn Complex, RV near Entrance Gate, 2 Concession Stands, Trail and Jump Equipment, Telephone Service, Restrooms (Handicapped Accessible)