A civic center or civic centre is a prominent land area within a community that is constructed to be its focal point or center. It usually contains one or more dominant public buildings, which may also include a government building. Recently, the term “civic center” has been used in reference to an entire central business district of a community or a major shopping center in the middle of a community. In this type of civic center, special attention is paid to the way public structures are grouped and landscaped.
In some American cities, a multi-purpose arena is named “Civic Center”, for example Columbus Civic Center. Such “Civic Centers” combine venues for sporting events, theaters, concerts and similar events.
In Australia Civic Centre is used as a brand of Shopping Centre.