SAP Center

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SAP Center at San Jose
The Shark Tank
The SAP Center in San José with the old sponsor logo (April 2008)
The SAP Center in San Jose with the old sponsor logo (April 2008)
Earlier names

San Jose Arena (1993-2001)
Compaq Center (2001-2003)
HP Pavilion (2003-2013)

place 525 West Santa Clara Street San Jose , California 95113
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 37 ° 19 '58 "  N , 121 ° 54' 4.6"  W Coordinates: 37 ° 19 '58 "  N , 121 ° 54' 4.6"  W.
owner City of San José
operator San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises
start of building June 26, 1990
opening September 8, 1993
surface Parquet
ice surface
hard court
costs 162.5 million US dollars
architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Huber, Hunt & Nichols
capacity 17,562 places (ice hockey)
18,549 places (basketball)
11,386 places (tennis)
18,300 places (wrestling)
19,190 places (concert)
playing area NHL ice hockey
60.96 × 25.91 m (200 × 85 ft)

The SAP Center at San Jose is a multi-purpose hall in the US city ​​of San José in the state of California . The hall is named after the German software manufacturer SAP , who acquired the naming rights to the arena in 2013 for a period of five years. The SAP Center is currently home to the ice hockey franchises of the San Jose Sharks from the National Hockey League (NHL) and the San Jose Barracuda from the American Hockey League (AHL).

Depending on the type of event, the arena has a capacity of 16,000 to 20,000 spectators. In addition to 68 luxury suites, 3,000 club seats are available. At home games of the San Jose Sharks in the NHL, the arena is used to about 97 percent.


The SAP Center was opened in 1993 under the name San Jose Arena . In 2001 it was first renamed Compaq Center due to a sponsorship agreement . Two years later, when Hewlett-Packard had taken over Compaq , the second name change followed. The third name change came in 2013 after Hasso Plattner , one of the co-founders of SAP, took over the majority stake in the San Jose Sharks. Since then, the arena has been called the SAP Center at San Jose .

Compared to the other ice hockey stadiums in the National Hockey League , the arena in San Jose with 17,562 seats is one of the smallest, but due to its narrowness it is also one of the loudest and most atmospheric. Due to the use of the San Jose Sharks, the hall is nicknamed "Shark Tank" ( German  "Haifischbecken" ). At events for which no ice is required, the ice surface can be covered with insulating panels and the required floor covering can be placed on top.

In the meantime, the Golden State Warriors , a basketball team from the National Basketball Association (NBA), played their home games in the arena as their original home ground in Oakland was being renovated. In addition, numerous other events have already taken place in the SAP Center, such as the American figure skating championships and various basketball tournaments. From 1994 to 2013 the ATP tennis tournament called SAP Open took place indoors on a hard court . On January 18, 1997, the arena hosted the NHL All-Star Game .

In February 2018, the NHL announced that the All-Star Game 2019 would take place on January 27 of that year as part of the All-Star Weekend at the home ground of the San Jose Sharks.


See also

Web links

Commons : SAP Center at San Jose  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Sharks Tank gets renamed SAP Center ( Memento from July 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Tech giant gambles $ 3.35 million a year on naming rights article from July 14, 2013 (English)
  3. HP Pavilion at San Jose ( Memento from May 11, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  4. NHL-Allstar-Game 2019 in San Jose Article from February 4, 2018