|Location||755 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, California
|Owner||City and County of San Francisco|
|Operator||San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department|
|San Francisco Rumble
Academy of Art University
San Francisco Pro-Am Basketball League
Kezar Pavilion, located adjacent to Kezar Stadium, is an indoor arena in the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. The Pavilion, built in 1924, seats 4,000. Currently, The San Francisco Rumble of the American Basketball Association and the Academy of Art University Urban Knights of NCAA Division II call the venue home.
The University of San Francisco basketball team used Kezar Pavilion, which is owned and operated by the City of San Francisco, before War Memorial Gymnasium was constructed. The most regular tenants of Kezar Pavilion were the Bay Bombers of the original Roller Derby. The Bombers skated home games there from 1961 through the end of the Roller Derby in 1973. Games played by the Bombers were videotaped and shown to a TV network of more than 100 stations, making Kezar perhaps one of the most well-known sports venues in the United States at the time. Kezar now plays host to San Francisco city high school basketball games. The arena has welcomed events ranging from middle school volleyball to professional boxing. The arena is versatile enough to host a professional basketball game during the day and be converted to host recreational Indoor Soccer that evening. Kezar was discussed as a possible Badminton or Table Tennis training or qualifying venue for San Francisco's 2012 Summer Olympic Bid.
Entertainment is also a staple of Kezar Pavilion. Concerts ranging from Throbbing Gristle to The String Cheese Incident to The Clash to Smashing Pumpkins have been held at Kezar Pavilion, mainly because of the intimate "high-school gymnasium like" feel and Haight-Ashbury neighborhood location.
In 2006, Kezar Pavilion became the home of ChickFight female professional wrestling tournaments.
In 2007 the San Francisco Bay Bombers and Roller Derby returned to the pavilion. The Bombers not only skated their home season games there but also held their tryouts in the building.
In 2008 it was announced that due to increased demand, San Francisco Pro Wrestling company Fog City Wrestling would be making the Kezar pavilion their new home.
In 2011 the Bay Bombers, a co-ed Roller derby team, played at the Kezar pavilion, and the Bay Area Derby Girls hosted their first double-header at the pavilion.