Architect(s): SAP Center
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SAP Center at San Jose is an indoor arena located in San Jose, California and opened in 1993. 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 SaberCats of the Arena Football League and the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.
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 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 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.
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