INFO Formerly known as the HP Pavilion, Compaq Center and San Jose Arena, the SAP Center at San Jose is located on West Santa Clara Street in San Jose, CA. Serving as the primary home for the San Jose Sharks of the National... ... read more
525 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Formerly known as the HP Pavilion, Compaq Center and San Jose Arena, the SAP Center at San Jose is located on West Santa Clara Street in San Jose, CA.
Serving as the primary home for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, the arena is also known as The Tank and The Shark Tank among fans and locals. While plans for a San Jose sports arena trace back to the mid-1980s, construction didn’t begin until 1991 and took serious lobbying efforts to both city officials and pursuing potential parties, such as the NHL and NBA franchises. Although the arena had been preparing for a tentative 1992 opening, construction was seriously delayed when management for the San Jose Sharks realized that a redesign of the facilities was imperative since it had been originally conceived for community use.
When the arena finally opened in 1993, it was known as the San Jose Arena before Compaq purchased the named rights in 2001 (when it became the Compaq Center at San Jose). When HP bought out Compaq in 2002, the venue was renamed the HP Pavilion. In mid-2013, software giant SAP purchased the rights to the name and an extended name contract.
On average, there are more than 180 events at the SAP Center every year, both sporting and non-sporting alike; in fact in 2006, the SAP Center sold the fourth-highest number of non-sporting tickets in the world.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey set up shop at the Center every year, and WWE has made many an appearance at the arena as well, including the Royal Rumble in 1998 and SummerSlam in 2001.
As for additional sporting events and games at the SAP Center, there have been the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the Dew Action Sports Tour, and the NCAA Basketball tournament.