Salinas Sports Complex
|Owner||City of Salinas|
|Operator||California Rodeo Salinas|
|Broke ground||1911 (grounds)
|California Rodeo Salinas (PRCA) 1911-Present
California Jaguars (USL) 1995-1999
Cal State Monterey Bay Softball
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. 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 PBR has hosted an event from the Touring Pro Division (the PBR's "minor league"; formerly the Challenger Tour) at the complex.
Concerts have been held at the venue, such as Eagles in 2005, RBD in 2006, Scorpions in 2006, Mary J. Blige in 2007 Luis Miguel in 2007, Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 2009, and Alan Jackson in 2012.
Salinas Assembly Center
During World War II, the Salinas Rodeo Grounds was one of the locations used as a temporary detention camp for citizens and immigrant residents of Japanese ancestry, before they were relocated to more permanent and remote facilities. One of seventeen such sites overseen by the Wartime Civilian Control Administration, the Salinas Assembly Center was built after President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal and confinement of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. The camp opened on April 27, 1942 and held a total of 3,608 people before closing two months later on July 4. Most came from the Monterey Bay area and were transferred to the Poston concentration camp, located on the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Arizona.
In 1980, the Salinas Assembly Center, along with eleven other former temporary detention sites, was designated California Historical Landmark #934. A historical marker and memorial garden were dedicated on the 1984 Day of Remembrance.