Thought it has hosted many kinds of performers over the years, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is best known for its schedule containing some of the biggest names in music. With a capacity of 8,500, the arena is the best place in San Francisco to host those musicians and bands that just can't fit all of their fans into a regular venue. The historic building, located catty-corner from City Hall, has hosted a number of legendary performers like The Who, The Grateful Dead, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and has even more popular musicians set for the future.
Originally known as the San Francisco Civic Auditorium, the arena was built as the Exposition Auditorium for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915. As one of the only surviving buildings from the exposition, the Civic Auditorium began hosting a variety of events, including the 1920 Democratic National Convention. The arena also scheduled a number of local plays and, from 1964-66, it became the temporary home of the Golden State Warriors. It began hosting concerts in the 60s and 70s, and many bands recorded live albums in the historic building. The arena was renamed the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in 1992 following the death of the concert promoter who had brought so much music to the arena and the city.
Even with the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium's rich history in San Francisco, the arena has even more monumental events in store for the future. Check the schedule above to find out what exciting performances will soon be at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
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