Mayor applauds board’s decision to approve improvements to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 

Mayor Gavin Newsom is glad that the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a 20-year lease for the operation of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium that includes a $10 million investment for acoustic, seating and other improvements to the venue. The base rent is set at $100,000 a year with annual increases of 2.5 percent, with provisions of additional city payments if the venue is successful, according to the Mayor’s Office.

“The lease and investment will transform the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium into a high-quality concert venue at no cost to The City and help revitalize our Civic Center by bringing more foot traffic and customers to the surrounding businesses,” Newsom said. “The lease also ensures that The City can continue using Bill Graham for community events and city events, including our highly successful Project Homeless Connect.”

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