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The City National Civic (formerly, San Jose Civic) in Downtown San Jose is a venue for concerts, shows and community and convention events. Built in 1936, it is a Spanish Mission style dual-level auditorium that hosts a variety of activities, including performing arts events and sporting events.
In December of 2013, City of San Jose and Team San Jose officials -- along with country music superstar Wynonna Judd and Nederlander Concert representatives -- unveiled the renamed City National Civic and new marquee to rebrand the historic concert venue.
Located directly across the street from the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the City National Civic seats 3,036 and has four meeting rooms. It supplements the San Jose McEnery Convention Center with additional exhibit and general assembly space.
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On a tour just last week of the Civic, in which an intrepid rep led Metro through every nook and cranny of the building, we were impressed at the sheer scope of the renovations under way. Nederlander is giving a venue with a lot of potential a much-needed makeover, dragging it into the 21st century. From essentials like better sound, seating and amenities to nice touches like the warmer look and emphasis on the building's Spanish design, this project deserves applause. And with the bookings getting more interesting, this could be the start of another great era for the storied Civic.