The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a multi-purpose arena in San Francisco, California, named after promoter Bill Graham. The arena holds 8,500 people.Use our San Francisco trip planner to visit Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on your trip to San Francisco, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
The auditorium was designed by renowned Bay Area architects John Galen Howard, Frederick Meyer and John W. Reid, Jr. and built in 1915 as part of the Panama–Pacific International Exposition. The auditorium hosted the 1920 Democratic National Convention, National AAU boxing trials in 1948, and it was the home of the San Francisco Warriors of the National Basketball Association from 1964 to 1967. The World Cyber Games 2004 were held in the auditorium.
In 1992, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to rename the auditorium after the rock concert impresario Bill Graham, who had died the previous year in a helicopter crash.
The arena has hosted concerts by many famous artists, spanning many different genres. It is owned by the City of San Francisco and since 2010 has been operated by Another Planet Entertainment, generating about $100,000 in leasing revenue for the city annually.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Reviews
Good times at the comedy show. Well organized and safe. Food food trucks, a bit pricey, but what can you expect at a festival... more »
We attended a trade type show here that had multiple displays and several breakout sessions. All with food and drink spread around the floor. The only real downside was that the restrooms were on the ... more »
Great place to party with friends. It does get a little wild in the place but they have plenty of restrooms upstairs and down. They serve drinks but at a cost. I bought a 16 ounce water bottle for $4 buck. The water fountain tastes strange I would not recommend drinking from the tap.
I frequent Bill Graham exclusively for raves and I love this place. There's always amazing artists (and sometimes even multi-artist shows) coming through here and the venue is HUGE. It can get pretty warm, but for the amount of people packed inside this space they do a good job of keeping it cool. Anyway, I've seen some incredible shows here. I've included a few pictures of the stage
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