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HP Pavilion At San Jose
San Jose, CA
The HP Pavilion, commonly called The Shark Tank or just The
Tank after its primary tenant or less often as San Jose Arena after
its former name, is an
arena located at 525 West Santa Clara Street in
The arena opened in 1993 as the San Jose Arena. Before the building changed its original name because of corporate sponsorship, Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky always referred to it as the "spectacular" San Jose Arena. Later, naming rights were sold to Compaq, and the facility became Compaq Center at San Jose; the geographic identifier was needed because at the time, there was a Compaq Center in Houston. After HP purchased Compaq in 2002, the company chose to name the arena after its product. (The former arena in Houston is now a church.)
The facility has also been home to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA during reconstruction of the Oakland Coliseum Arena, and the defunct San Jose Rhinos of RHI, San Jose Grizzlies of the CISL, and the San Jose Lasers of the ABL. It has also been used for other sporting events, such as the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the NCAA Basketball tournament (known as March Madness), the Pac-10 women's basketball championship, the Dew Action Sports Tour, and the SAP Open men's tennis tournament.
The arena is one of the most active NHL venues. Of the current arenas in the league, "The Tank" is one of the more intimate and in the opinion of Dan Rusanowsky, one of the noisiest hockey venues since the Chicago Stadium. It hosts an average of 190 events a year, including many non-sporting events. For the nine-month period ending September 30, 2004, the HP Pavilion sold the most tickets to non-sporting events of any venue in the United States, and the third highest in the world.
The arena has also hosted concerts by major acts such as Paul McCartney, The Smashing Pumpkins, Blue Man Group: How To Be A Megastar 2.0, Metallica, and Slipknot as well as numerous World Wrestling Association (WWE) events.
It was announced in late April 2007 that the HP Pavilion at San Jose would be receiving some much needed help. They are to receive a brand new scoreboard similiar to that of the Banknorth Garden, home of the Boston Bruins of the NHL. (http://www.sjsharks.com/news/news.asp?story_id=3448)
 Notable events hosted at HP Pavilion