Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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INFO Boasting a lush beaux-arts architecture, the Bill Graham Civic Center was originally built in 1915 as the San Francisco Civic Auditorium as part of the Exposition Auditorium for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition... ... read more

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Videos

Britney Spears "Till the World Ends" (GMA Live at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium) HD
Britney Spears "Till the World Ends" (GMA Live at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium) HD
NYE @ midnight. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, 12/31/08
Kid Cudi @ Cud Life Tour @ The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium In San Francisco (6/19/11)
Bruno Mars Concert at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Bassnectar Intro @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Lady Gaga THE MONSTER BALL: Monster [Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12.13.09]
Muse - Invincible (Bill Graham Civic Center April 2007)
Interpol - C'mere - Bill Graham Civic, SF
Janet Jackson, Nasty Boys live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, SF 04-19-11
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - San Francisco July 21 2011

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Information

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - Arena | Concert Venue in San Francisco.

Boasting a lush beaux-arts architecture, the Bill Graham Civic Center was originally built in 1915 as the San Francisco Civic Auditorium as part of the Exposition Auditorium for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. It remains one of the only surviving buildings from that event and has since served as a mecca for an eclectic offering of performing arts and events. It is located on the bustling Market Street in the heart of Civic Center between the city’s downtown Financial District and the notorious gay neighborhood, Castro.

The seating capacity at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is nearly 8,500, there are four stories, the venue occupies an entire city block, and there are countless show-stopping events at Bill Graham every year, featuring everything from music to politics. Everyone from the 1920 Democratic National Convention to the rockin’ beats of rock giants like the Grateful Dead, The Who, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have graced the stage at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

The multi-purpose arena was renamed after renowned music promoter Bill Graham died in a helicopter crash in 1992; Graham had been responsible for significantly bolstering San Francisco’s music scene. The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium even served as the former home of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA from 1964-1966.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium User Reviews

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Best 'Big Name' Venue in the City
Keaghan T. Sep 6, 2013
LOVE the BGCA. As one of the more well known venues in the city, it attracts a decent line-up of 'big name' artists, with reasonable ticket prices, which can be purchased direct at the box office to save on needless vendor fees. Limited seating, which for me, is a big plus - I enjoy standing at concerts. I have also seen smaller, more intimate shows, with seating provided, but generally, you're reliant on yer feet to support you. The venue is spacious and provides ample room even at packed shows. Bar is generally strong, a plus. Every act I've seen at the BGCA has put a lot of effort into their stage presence, and as such, each performance will likely provide a unique auditory, visual, and kinesthetic experience. The sound quality is always crisp and clean - a fault at a few otherwise excellent venues - and the lighting is well done. Sound-peeps are out of the way and easy to navigate around. Food is, well, venue food, but certainly delicious - however, there's tons of available options and a few late-night spots within the blocks around the place, so I'd recommend keeping your wallet tucked away 'til you're a few blocks away. Overall, always a pleasure to find out that an act is playing at the Civic Auditorium. Definitely worth checking out.
Love the venue, lights were amazing, perfect sound quality, I would definitely go back.
Taylor H. Jul 27, 2013
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is an amazing place for any type of concert. The auditorium is massive with plenty of floor space on the first floor and a second level for seating. The lights and lazers were amazing! Swedish House Mafia knows how to perform and get the crowd going. Balloons and fire added to the ambiance of the room. The sound quality was perfect and being right in the front of the huge and well put together stage was an awesome experience. The only negative thing i can say about my experience at this venue is the amount of time it took between the opening performance by Otto Knows and Swedish House Mafia. i LOE this venue!
Higher and Higher
Rachel G. Nov 21, 2012
This is such a cool venue, one of the best places I have been for live music. Though I am not picky on venues, this one really does speak to me for some reason. The best place to be here is the upstairs balcony. Even though your not very close to the stage and the music, this is the best place to capture the essence of the venue! You can see EVERYTHING from up here and it often is less crowded up there so you can enjoy the music without the crowd. The higher up you travel in the auditorium, the less crowded it gets! This is a huge venue, so you have to be strategic about things ha.
Great for EDM!
Melissa M. Oct 4, 2012
I love the Bill Graham! It's a great venue, especially for EDM shows. It's huge, so you don't feel claustrophobic even in a sea of people. The sound system is great. I recently discovered the balcony upstairs which I HIGHLY recommend. The stage itself is huge so it's great to be able to see it from a distance, and there's usually still a ton of people dancing up there so you don't feel like your missing out on the party. Side note: ladies especially, do NOT wait in the ridiculouslyyy long lines for the upstairs bathroom. There are bathrooms on the 2nd and 4th floors that are almost always empty.
Concert Venue
Nisha S. Sep 22, 2012
I recently visited the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to see Pretty Lights in concert. The venue can easily hold close to 9,000 people and on this particular night was packed with 20-somethings decked out in rave attire--think furry boots, neon, and arm candy. Be sneaky and bypass the ridiculously long lines to the downstairs bathrooms by going to the upstairs facilities. The venue serves beer and hard liquor ranging from 5 to 12 dollars. But don't expect anything high quality. If you plan on watching a concert from afar, the seating area offers a relaxed atmosphere to what can become a rowdy show. If you want to get in on the mosh pit action, the ground level provides plenty of space for fans to get up close and personal to the stage. This venue is a bit run down on the inside but is surrounded by two large plazas in the city's historic district and offers a great view of City Hall lit up at night. Given its size and good acoustics, the auditorium functions as a great event and concert space.
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