City National Civic

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City National Civic
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Address 135 West San Carlos St.
City San Jose, California
Country United States
Owned by City of San Jose
Leased by Nederlander Concerts
Operated by Team San Jose
Capacity 3,036
Opened 1933 (1933)
Reopened 2012
Website
www.sanjosecivic.com

The City National Civic, formerly the San Jose Civic Auditorium, also known as the San Jose Civic, is a sports arena and concert venue, located in downtown San Jose, California. The 3,000-seat venue is owned by the City of San Jose, is managed by Team San Jose and is booked by Nederlander Concerts. The name was changed in December 2013, as part of a development deal with City National Bank.[1][2]

It was created through a joint venture in 1933 between San Jose residents, Federal Government and local property owners Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Montgomery, who donated to the City of San Jose, the property. The building was designed by Binder & Curtis in the Spanish California Mission style. The Montgomery Theater is attached to the San Jose Civic.[3]

Many of the most popular entertainers and public figures have appeared at the venue creating memorable historic events since its opening in 1936. Richard Nixon made national headlines during an anti-war demonstration at the San Jose Civic.

It has presented major sporting events including boxing matches with champions such as Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis.

Under Mayor Chuck Reed and San Jose City Council's leadership, a $13 million renovation of the venue, approved in 2007, is underway. A state-of-the-art sound and video system has been installed, the building's floor has been refurbished, an exterior lighting system has been activated, and the loading dock has been upgraded. Key improvements in process include a top-line interior lighting system, seating upgrades to replace the decades-old plastic molded chairs, more restrooms and a new concessions program.

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