Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Exterior of venue viewed from the City Hall (c.2008)
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is located in San Francisco
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is located in California
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Former namesExposition Auditorium (1915)
San Francisco Civic Auditorium (1916–1992)
Address99 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102-4720
LocationCivic Center
Coordinates37°46′42″N 122°25′03″W / 37.778457°N 122.417369°W / 37.778457; -122.417369Coordinates: 37°46′42″N 122°25′03″W / 37.778457°N 122.417369°W / 37.778457; -122.417369
OwnerCity of San Francisco
OperatorAnother Planet Entertainment
Broke groundDecember 1913
OpenedMarch 2, 1915
Renovated1962–1964, 1989–1990, 1994–1996, 2005, 2010
Construction cost$1.7 million
($42.2 million in 2017 dollars[1])
ArchitectJohn Galen Howard, Frederick Meyer, John W. Reid, Jr.
San Francisco Warriors (NBA) (1964–1967)

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (formerly San Francisco Civic Auditorium) is a multi-purpose arena in San Francisco, California, named after promoter Bill Graham. The arena holds 8,500 people.

About the venue[edit]

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, the San Francisco Opera from 1923 to 1932 and again for the 1996 season,[2] the 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.[3][4] An underground expansion, named Brooks Hall, was completed in 1958 under the Civic Center Plaza, immediately north of the Civic Auditorium. The famous Mother of All Demos was presented here during the 1968 Fall Joint Computer Conference,[5] and the World Cyber Games 2004 were also held here.

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.[6]

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.[7][8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Civic Auditorium Comes Up in the World / S.F. Opera opening moves to `the Bill'". Opera Reference. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ "1964-65 San Francisco Warriors Schedule and Results". Basketball Reference. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. ^ "1965-66 San Francisco Warriors Schedule and Results". Basketball Reference. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  5. ^ About the Mother of All Demos
  6. ^ "Today in Music: a look back at pop music". United Press International. 13 October 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ Wildermuth, John (July 1, 2010). "Let's make a deal". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  8. ^ Knight, Heather (August 25, 2015). "Heavy secrecy surrounds upcoming event at Civic Auditorium". San Francisco Chronicle. John Gavin, project manager for the city administrator's office, said the city makes roughly $100,000 from Another Planet Entertainment annually on the deal.
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Cow Palace
Home of the
San Francisco Warriors (with War Memorial Gymnasium)

Succeeded by
Cow Palace
Preceded by
Mission Hills CC
Rancho Mirage
Davis Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Malá Sportovní Hala