San Jose Civic Auditorium is also known as a sports arena and concert hall. It is located in downtown San Jose, California. Each year this 3000 seat venue offers a variety of concert events. The building is managed by Team San Jose and most concerts are booked through Nederlander Concerts. The center was created on a joint venture with San Jose residents, the Federal Government, and the Montgomery Family. The family owned the property they donated for the civic auditorium.
Several popular entertainers from 1936 to the present have performed at the San Jose Civic Auditorium, with artists like Duke Ellington, Roy Rogers, Buddy Holly, The Grateful Dead, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan, Cream, and Steely Dan. Richard Nixon, Jack Dempsey, and Joe Lewis also made appearances at the center.
In 2007 there was a renovation proposal for $13 million. Some of the renovation is just being completed in 2010 due to the need for the floor to be refurbished, lighting systems reworked, and upgrades for all the seats. They also added more restrooms and concessions. Newer acts at the civic auditorium included Blue October; Crosby, Stills & Nash, Dashboard Confessional, and Guy Fieri.