San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks have announced a name
change to their home arena from HP Pavilion to the SAP Center.
SAP, the software company, announced it will bring breakthrough technology to
the arena. In a joint announcement, SAP and the Sharks said the technology,
will be "designed to elevate the arena as a shining example of Silicon Valley
Some of that technology the Sharks will aim at will be to provide real-time
news alerts to fans, player and team insight and analysis, purchase of
concessions and merchandise from mobile devices, and also to reward fans with
SAP purchased the naming rights in a five-year deal worth over $8.3 million.
The arena, which opened in September 1993 and has been nicknamed the Shark
Tank, has gone a few name changes. Prior to the name HP Pavilion, it was
called the Compaq Center.
In addition to the Sharks, the building is also home to the San Jose Sabercats
of the Arena Football League.
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