The Placer County Fairgrounds are getting a major transformation, in a partnership between the Placer Valley Tourism Board and funding from the county, $34 million is being injected into what has become known as The Grounds. With room for 17 basketball courts pending capacity of up to 7000 people, the future is looking bright for this area of the county. Seeing an investment at this magnitude within the Placer County area only bodes well for the capabilities that will be available once construction is complete.
One of the main focuses of the new grounds is to provide a larger outdoor sporting area, with a focus on the most popular draws in the county, being basketball, baseball and other such events. Not only this, but it will also allow for larger gatherings and venues such as trade shows, musical performances and more. Having a dedicated and reliable space in order to hold events of this nature will only add to the appeal of the Placer County area, giving more reason for residents to partake in the various events as well as drawing in new crowds to the area.
The former Fairgrounds have played an important role in the Placer County area over many years, yet inability to bring the larger draws as well as a general lack of interest in this section of the county has allowed the space to generally fade into the back of the minds of residents and visitors alike. With this new infusion being made by interested parties, it will be interesting to see exactly how far it goes to boosting the level of visibility experienced by the Placer County area. One thing’s for certain though, having a draw of this nature will only benefit the county.
One of the downsides of the Placer County area has always been having the awareness of exactly what there is to offer, which can make it difficult to have the capability to fully enjoy the area. By having a centralized place of gathering and events, it not only raises the ability that we have within the city to bring in more attention but also provides us with the capability to host various community events, which always worked to bring neighborhoods together. Whether it’s a tradeshow or other event, seeing everyone from Placer County in one spot is always great.
Whatever the future brings for this space and the community as a whole, seeing those come together to provide the necessary funding in order to better the area is always beneficial to the Placer County region. We look forward to seeing all the potential that this development raises, seeing our younger generation have a space in which to hone their skills, both sport and social and to see the members of the community come together in order to give back to the area. We look forward to seeing faces new and old across The Grounds in the future.