Cal Expo - California State Fairgrounds Racetrack

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Cal Expo – California State Fairgrounds Racetrack

California State Fairgrounds Racetrack is a horse-racing track in Sacramento, California, United States. It opened in 1906, at Exposition Blvd.

History of California State Fairgrounds Racetrack

1854 – The History of the California State Fairgrounds Racetrack dates back to 1854. Cal Expo premiered when the state sought to promote its farming and industry.

1859 – The Fair moved from city to city, beginning in San Francisco and eventually settling in Sacramento in 1859 – where it remains until today.

1906 – The two dirt oval racing tracks were established in 1906 for horse racing on the site of the California Exposition.

1907 to 1970 – The racetrack was active for auto racing in 1907, 1912, and 1946 until 1970.

1916 – The California State Fairgrounds were used as a mobilization camp during the 1916 Mexican Border Crisis and World War I.

1968 – The Exposition was moved to a new site north of Downtown Sacramento, while the old fairgrounds were closed and sold for development in 1970.

2010 – To attract visitors and take advantage of the annual peak summer vacation and travel periods, starting in 2010, the Fair changed its regular mid-August dates to reschedule in mid-July.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Main Track
    • The mile-long racetrack encircles a lake with fountains surrounded by a lush green lawn.
    • It is a one-mile dirt track, oval with a 990ft homestretch.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Expo Center
    • The clean lines and high ceilings are for car shows, trade and consumer shows, art exhibits, fundraisers, banquets, meetings, and conventions.
    • Past events include bridal shows, cultural events, and career fairs.
    • Special Features include House sound in individual buildings or entire complexes, air conditioning and heating in each building, brick outdoor plaza with stair-step seating.
    • It is 58,870 square feet complex.
  • 🐎The Pavilion
    • It has eight roll-up doors, eighteen-foot ceilings, and concrete floors.
    • It is ideal for major trade and consumer shows, festivals, dances, and sporting events.
    • Encompassing nearly 100,000 square feet.
  • 🐎The Cove
    • It is for outdoor events.
    • It has a shaded seating area, a covered stage, and proximity to restrooms and concessions.
    • It could be for a concert, graduation, awards ceremony, or assembly-type meeting.
    • It can accommodate up to 3,400 in any seating arrangement.
  • 🐎Miller Lite Grandstand
    • It includes a sports bar, tele-theater, newly remodeled Clubhouse, and Turf Club.
    • It can also be available for rent when not used by our racing department.
    • These facilities offer a unique and convenient environment for concerts, meetings, and banquets.
    • It can accommodate up to 18,000 people.
  • 🐎The Clubhouse
    • The Clubhouse provides a spacious atmosphere for the event.
    • It is a venue for private parties or business meetings and can be configured for groups of 40 to 300 guests.
  • 🐎Turf Club
    • It is located at the south end of the Grandstand.
    • It can accommodate parties from 40 to 200 guests.
    • The guest should be 18 and over.
    • Open Hours
      • Doors open at 3:00 pm on race days during State Fair Horse Racing, the Sacramento Mile, and for special events.
  • 🐎Buildings A & B
    • They share a lobby, concession stand, and three restroom locations.
    • It is ideal for trade, and consumer shows such as home, garden, and RV shows.
    • Each building can be utilized individually.
    • It offers a show office with an incoming phone line in Building A, house sound, an elevator in Building A, ATMs, air conditioning, and heating.
    • These identical buildings measure 27,700 square feet.
  • 🐎Building C
    • Home to conventions, banquets, trade and consumer shows, dances, and sporting events.
    • It measures 28,000 square feet.
    • Past events include the Special Olympics, Golf Expo, and the California Grape & Gourmet Show.
    • Building C can be used independently or in conjunction with Building D.
  • 🐎Building D
    • Venue for trade and consumer shows, conventions, banquets, and recreational vehicle shows.
    • A 20,000-square-foot permanent fabric structure can be used alone or in conjunction with Building C.
  • 🐎Show Arena
    • Measures 120′ W by 260′ L and can seat up to 4,000 comfortably for rodeos, monster truck shows, concerts, dances, and other unique performances.
  • 🐎Multipurpose Stadium
    • A premier sports and entertainment venue situated within the Cal Expo grounds.
    • It has a seating capacity of approximately 12,000.
    • Heart Health Park offers an atmosphere for graduations, brew fests, corporate outdoor events, festivals, and concerts.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races

California State Fairgrounds Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • Thoroughbred Horse Racing comes to the CA State Fair & Food Festival every Summer (July)
    • The schedule for their live racing is on Fridays and Saturdays.

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Entering the Grounds
    • All handbags, backpacks, and bags are subject to search.
    • Guests are welcome to bring outside food and drink into the Fair.
    • Ice chests will be searched at the entrances.
    • No glass, aluminum cans, or outside alcohol are allowed. Paper and plastic containers of non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.
  • Parking
    • Parking for the CA State Fair: $15
    • Motorcycle parking for the CA State Fair: $5
    • General Parking for most interim events & shows: $10
    • Parking for concerts: $15
    • Parking for events at Heart Health Park: $15
    • Sacramento Republic RC Soccer Matches: $15
  • It is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, California.
  • The Cal Expo exit is just Northeast of the American River. 
  • The County Fair is held at Cal Expo on the corner of Exposition Blvd and Challenge Way.
  • California State Fair admission prices usually run from $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $8 for children.


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Cal Expo - California State Fairgrounds Racetrack

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