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The Shark Tank is officially becoming the SAP Center

Jun 5, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

HP Pavilion

Back in March, we wrote about a potential name change for the home of the San Jose Sharks.

Today, lo and behold, we learn that the arena’s official name is going to be changed from HP Pavilion to the SAP Center.

Of course, everyone in San Jose will just keep calling it the Shark Tank anyway.

SAP, by the way, is a big German software company that was co-founded by Sharks majority owner Hasso Plattner.

From NBC Bay Area:

According to the San Jose mayor’s office, the San Jose Sharks have come to a five year agreement with SAP. The payments are split between the city of San Jose, which owns the building, and the San Jose Sharks hockey team.

The annual payment to the San Jose will be $1,675,000, with total revenue of $8,375,000 over five years, according to the city.

The change is subject to approval by the San Jose City Council, which is expected Wednesday.

  1. bleedingteal4life - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I guess that makes us sharks fans a bunch of saps. Oh the irony.

  2. lvshark22 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Does it really matter? Nobody will call it the SAP Center. It’ll always be known as the Shark Tank

    • nightfireop - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      oh we’ll call it the sap center alright 😛
      heck i might even call it the center for saps 😉

  3. nightfireop - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    you guys will call it the shark tank. the rest of us outside san jose on the other hand…. >:D

  4. bauxjangles - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Couldn’t have put it any better, unless SAP is actually referring to their Sorry Ass Players

    • nightfireop - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM


  5. amityvillefun - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Jumbo Joe has made SAPS out of the organization for believing he was “the answer.”

    Joe has a ton of skill, but a man that big should play a little meaner and with a little more heart. He’d “like” a Stanley Cup, but he doesn’t “want” it enough.

    To “want” it, he will have to dig a little deeper and try a little harder in the post season and take it upon himself to “be the man” the Sharks need.

    I like the Sharks. Hopefully they can find the passion they need to take it farther into the post season next year.

    I was pissed when Boston originally traded him (so much so I actually didn’t watch them for a whole season) but who knows, maybe the Bruins brass saw the lack of heart that the fans couldn’t.

    • joelwrobinson - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      How many sharks games have you actually watched?

  6. caliscooter - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    The ‘Shark Tank’ name is fine… actually cool. The childish Shark head which is lowered from the rafters for the team to skate onto the ice thru, however, needs to go. It does not impose fear into the opposition. Quite the opposite I’m sure.

  7. norcalirish - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:37 AM


    Skating through the Shark is the coolest entry in all of pro sports.

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