SAP Center at San Jose
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North entrance of the arena in 2008 when it was known as HP Pavilion at San Jose
|Former names||San Jose Arena (1993–2001)
Compaq Center (2001–02)
HP Pavilion (2002–13)
|Location||525 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, California
|Public transit||Diridon Station|
|Owner||City of San Jose|
|Operator||San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises|
Ice hockey: 17,562
|Field size||450,000 square feet (42,000 m2)|
|Broke ground||June 28, 1990|
|Opened||September 7, 1993|
|Construction cost||$162.5 million
($265 million in 2014 dollars)
|Architect||Sink Combs Dethlefs
|Structural engineer||John A. Martin & Associates|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||Perini Building Company|
|San Jose Sharks (NHL) (1993–present)
San Jose Sabercats (AFL) (1995–2008, 2011–present)
Golden State Warriors (NBA) (1996–1997)
San Jose Stealth (NLL) (2004–2009)
San Jose Grizzlies (CISL) (1994–1995)
San Jose Lasers (ABL) (1996–1998)
San Jose Rhinos (RHI) (1994–1997)
SAP Open (tennis) (1994–2013)
The SAP Center at San Jose (formerly San Jose Arena, Compaq Center at San Jose and HP Pavilion at San Jose) is an American indoor arena, located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, and the arena has been nicknamed the "Shark Tank".
Plans for a San Jose arena began in mid-1980s, when a group of local citizens formed Fund Arena Now (FAN). The group contacted city officials and pursued potential sponsors and partners NHL and NBA. In the late 1980s, mayor Tom McEnery met with FAN and a measure to allocate local taxes for arena construction came up for a public vote on June 7, 1988, and passed by a narrow margin.
Construction began in 1991 and was delayed after the San Jose Sharks requested an upgrade to NHL standards including the addition of luxury suites, a press box and increased seating capacity. The arena was completed in 1993 under the name San Jose Arena. In 2001, naming rights were sold to Compaq, and it was renamed Compaq Center at San Jose. After HP purchased Compaq in 2002, the arena was renamed HP Pavilion, the same name as one of its computer models. It was announced in late April 2007 that the HP Pavilion at San Jose would be receiving several building improvements, including a new center-hung LED video display system from Daktronics similar to that of the TD Banknorth Garden, home of the Boston Bruins of the NHL.
In June 2013, German software company SAP (co-founded by Sharks managing partner Hasso Plattner, who is also SAP's chairman of the board) purchased the naming rights to the facility in a five-year deal worth $3.35 million per year. The arena was renamed "SAP Center at San Jose" following the approval of the San Jose City Council.
In 2006, the SAP Center sold the most tickets (633,435) to non-sporting events of any venue in the Western United States, and the fourth highest total in the world, after Madison Square Garden in New York City (USA), the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester (UK), and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto (Canada).The SAP Center hosted events for WWE such as the 1998 Royal Rumble and the 2001 SummerSlam.
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