Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Things To Do in San Francisco
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a multi-use, 7,000-person arena named for rock concert promoter Bill Graham, who was a legendary promoter and brought many shows to this arena and the greater San Francisco area. The auditorium is owned by the City of San Francisco but is run by Another Planet Entertainment Company.
It was built in 1915 as part of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a World’s Fair which was hosted to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and is one of the only surviving buildings from this nine month exposition in San Francisco.
With its large capacity, this arena is a popular venue for all types of music performers and has also been used to hold corporate conventions, trade shows, live sporting events, plays, and comedy shows. Concert-goers rave about the floor area of the arena, where guests can get up close to the bands playing on-stage. As a general admission venue, it’s best to get there early to get a prime spot. The balcony is usually best for those who’d like to sit down to enjoy a performance and other patrons will encourage guests in that area to remain seated.