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@the Grounds’ Roebbelen Center First Anniversary and Community Focus

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Listen: David Attaway, Chief Executive Officer of Placer Valley Tourism and @the Grounds.@the Grounds’ Roebbelen Center reaches one-year anniversary with a focus to help the community and event organizers during pandemic

The 160,000-square-foot building has a big impact with smaller events to meet health and safety Covid requirements.

 David Attaway, Chief Executive Officer of Placer Valley Tourism and @the Grounds
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@the Grounds and its Roebbelen Center are meeting the often-evolving needs of the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, handling vaccine immunization efforts for South Placer County residents to hosting successful events that follow strict health and safety requirements.

It’s a big change for @the Grounds, which opened the Roebbelen Center on Feb. 13, 2020, with thousands of community leaders and the public celebrating the high-profile project. This week, the Roebbelen Center reaches its one-year anniversary in a much-different environment.

The massive building, able to accommodate as many as 12 full-length basketball courts or 24 volleyball courts, was designed to attract major sports competitions, large meetings, trade shows, concerts and other events to the region. But five weeks after the grand-opening celebration of the 160,000-square-foot building, the state-ordered lockdown went into place to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Today, the Roebbelen Center and @the Grounds are helping meet the most critical demands of the community, including as an ongoing Covid vaccine site that can immunize as many as 1,000 people per day at Jones Hall.

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