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New name coming for Sharks arena?

Mar 27, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

HP Pavilion

In news that’s not very exciting whatsoever, the San Jose Sharks’ arena may have a new name soon.

While most fans know it as the Shark Tank, its official name is the HP Pavilion (formerly the Compaq Center).

But as reported by the tech blog AllThingsD, Hewlett-Packard wants out of the 15-year, $47 million naming rights agreement, even though the deal isn’t scheduled to end until 2016.

From AllThingsD:

The move is part of a global reevaluation by HP of its marketing efforts and sponsorships. The change could be announced as early as this summer, in time for the 2013-14 hockey season.

Software giant SAP is said to be interested in taking over the naming rights. Its founder, former co-CEO and chairman of its supervisory board, Hasso Plattner, is the majority owner of the Sharks.

So yeah…we told you it wasn’t very exciting.

Not nearly as exciting as the way they make the ice pulse before Sharks games.


  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Ahh who cares what the official name is. It will always stay the tank.

    Oh and the pulse is from magic..duh

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    The graphic, recorded in real time, proves locating an arena on top of the San Andreas Fault can be hazardous…

    Yessir, you gotta be rich to get away with a handle like Hasso Plattner?

    Any arena named involving SAP has to be every bit as awkward as the Tank, given Sharks’ record in the playoffs…

    • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Too funny HCBear

  3. revansrevenant - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I didn’t even know what it was actually called. I just always called it the Shark Tank. When they change the name I’ll still call it the Shark Tank, so I guess it really doesn’t matter, does it?

  4. smyl11 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Disturbing lack of kitty videos here.

  5. barroomhero80 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Toilet bowl is more fitting

  6. ryanoffski - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I don’t care what they name it as long as they get some brighter lights in there.

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