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SAP Center at San Jose
The Shark Tank
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Exterior of venue (c.2014)
SAP Center at San Jose is located in San Jose, California
SAP Center at San Jose
SAP Center at San Jose
Location in San Jose
SAP Center at San Jose is located in California
SAP Center at San Jose
SAP Center at San Jose
Location in California
SAP Center at San Jose is located in the US
SAP Center at San Jose
SAP Center at San Jose
Location in the United States
Former namesSan Jose Arena (1993-2001)[1]
Compaq Center (2001-02)
HP Pavilion (2002-13)
Address525 West Santa Clara Street
LocationSan Jose, California
Coordinates37°19?58?N 121°54?4?W / 37.33278°N 121.90111°W / 37.33278; -121.90111Coordinates: 37°19?58?N 121°54?4?W / 37.33278°N 121.90111°W / 37.33278; -121.90111
Public transitUS Passenger rail transport Amtrak Amtrak
US Passenger rail transport ACE Altamont Corridor Express
US Passenger rail transport Caltrain Caltrain
Tram interchange VTA Light Rail Santa Clara VTA
Bus interchange Greyhound Greyhound Lines
Bus interchange BoltBus
Bus interchange VTA Bus: 22, 63, 64, 65, 68, 168, 180, 181, 522, DASH
Bus interchange MST: 55, 86
at San Jose Diridon Station
OwnerCity of San Jose
OperatorSan Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises
CapacityConcerts: 19,190
Basketball: 18,543
Wrestling: 18,300
Ice hockey: 17,562[2]
Tennis: 11,386
Field size450,000 sq ft (42,000 m2)
Broke groundJune 28, 1990[3]
OpenedSeptember 7, 1993
Construction cost$162.5 million
($305 million in 2017 dollars[4])
ArchitectSink Combs Dethlefs
Prodis Associates
Project managerHuntCor[5]
Structural engineerJohn A. Martin & Associates[6]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[7]
General contractorPerini Building Company[5]
San Jose Sharks (NHL) (1993-present)
San Jose Grizzlies (CISL) (1994-1995)
SAP Open (tennis) (1994-2013)
San Jose Rhinos (RHI) (1994-1997)
San Jose SaberCats (AFL) (1995-2008, 2011-2015)
Golden State Warriors (NBA) (1996-1997)
San Jose Lasers (ABL) (1996-1998)
San Jose Stealth (NLL) (2004-2009)
San Jose Barracuda (AHL) (2015-present)

The SAP Center at San Jose (originally known as the San Jose Arena) is an indoor arena located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, for which the arena has earned the nickname "The Shark Tank". It is also the home to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.[8]


Aerial view of SAP Center from a landing at San José International Airport (SJC).
Side view of the HP Pavilion at San Jose

Plans for a San Jose arena began in the 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 subsequently a measure to allocate local taxes for arena construction came up for a public vote on June 7, 1988, passing by a narrow margin.[9][10]

In 1991, soon after construction began, the NHL granted an expansion franchise to San Jose. After it was discovered that the arena would not be suitable for NBA or NHL use as originally designed, the Sharks requested an upgrade to NHL standards, including the addition of luxury suites, a press box, and increased seating capacity.[11]

In 1993, the arena was finally completed and initially named the "San Jose Arena".[]

For the 1996-97 NBA season, the arena served as home to the Golden State Warriors while their regular home court in Oakland (now known as Oracle Arena) was under renovation.[]

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.[12]

In late April 2007, it was announced 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 Garden, home of the Boston Bruins of the NHL.[12]

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 US$3.35 million per year. The arena was renamed "SAP Center at San Jose" upon approval by the San Jose City Council.[13]

During a Sharks game on April 29th, 2016, one of the TV camera operators caught a cat going out onto the ice at the SAP Center. The cat was found and adopted by Sharks staff.


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).[14]

Other events hosted at the arena include the 1996 United States Figure Skating Championships, the 47th National Hockey League All-Star Game in 1997, the 1999 NCAA Women's Final Four, ArenaBowl XVI in 2002, the 2007 USA Gymnastics Visa Championships, and UFC 139 on November 19, 2011. Intel Extreme Masters Season IX - San Jose in 2014[15] and Intel Extreme Masters Season X - San Jose were held at the venue.[16] Prior to Super Bowl 50 in nearby Santa Clara, the arena housed introductory media activities for the event.[17] The SAP Center hosted games 3, 4, and 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals in the Sharks' first appearance in franchise history, with the Cup being presented to the series-winning Pittsburgh Penguins after game 6.[18] In 2012 and 2016, the arena played host to the USA Gymnastics Olympic Trials. The arena was the host to the West Regional final of the 2017 NCAA Tournament on March 23 and 25, 2017.[19]

Mixed Martial Arts events have played a big role at the SAP Center. The MMA organization Strikeforce (mixed martial arts) held many events in San Jose beginning with Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie in 2006, then Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg in 2009, through 2012 with Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier. The first Bellator MMA organization event at SAP was Bellator MMA & Glory: Dynamite 1 in September of 2015 and since has held 6 total events with the most recent being Bellator 199 on May 16, 2018. SAP center has also been the host of premiere MMA promotion the UFC. The first event was UFC 139 on November 19, 2011, then UFC on Fuel TV: Muñoz vs. Weidman on July 11, 2012, UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez on April 20, 2013, and most recently UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown on July 26, 2014.

WWE Pay-Per-Views have also taken place here. Payback (2017) took place where Roman Reigns defeated Braun Strowman in the main event. TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2018) is scheduled to take place at SAP Center.[20]


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  2. ^ Pollak, David (September 10, 2009). "The futility of chasing Marleau-Heatley rumors -- plus an economic update from HP Pavilion". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Carry Me Back to the Old Sod". San Jose Mercury News. June 17, 1990. p. 2C. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Facts & Figures". HP Pavlion at San Jose. Archived from the original on January 30, 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Entertainment Projects". John A. Martin & Associates. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Arenas". M-E Engineers, Inc. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "San Jose's 'Shark Tank' gets new name". July 10, 2013. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Purdy, Mark (July 7, 2008). "Arena vote 20 years ago made San Jose a real city". San Jose Mercury News. p. 1A. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Cameron, Steve (1994). Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks. Taylor Publishing Co. pp. 43, 51-52.
  11. ^ Cameron, Steve (1994). Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks. Taylor Publishing Co. pp. 51-56.
  12. ^ a b "HP Pavilion Becoming Tech Testing Lab for Arena Improvements". SportsBusiness Daily. April 17, 2009. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Donato-Weinstein, Nathan (June 5, 2013). "Confirmed: Goodbye, HP Pavilion. Hello, SAP Center". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "2006 Year End Ticket Sales" (PDF). Pollstar. January 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  15. ^ Bailey, Brandon (September 16, 2014). "Game on: Big video-game tournament coming to San Jose". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ Gu, Rachel (November 15, 2015). "Mark Cuban Wants to Play League of Legends". Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ "SAP CENTER IN SAN JOSE TO HOST SUPER BOWL 50 OPENING NIGHT". KGO-TV. February 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Pittsburgh Penguins - San Jose Sharks - June 12th, 2016". June 12, 2016. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "March Madness: Which teams might play in Final Four in San Jose?". Retrieved .
  20. ^ Fuentes, Jon. "TLC PPV Location Announced, Interesting Venues Considered For WM 35 Week". Sescoops.

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