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HP Pavilion at San Jose - A Win/Win for All

HP Pavilion at San Jose Construction

Past Performances 1993-Present

In 1988, San Jose voters laid the foundation for the new building, electing to build a downtown multi-purpose sports and entertainment center.

They envisioned a world-class facility that would create jobs, attract the regional community to a revitalized city center and provide a venue for major league sports, concerts, family attractions and community events of all kinds.

Everybody played a part. From the beginning, the City of San Jose has involved neighborhood groups, downtown merchants and civic and business leaders in the study of parking, traffic and a host of other vital issues.

In 1990, the San Jose City Council established the San Jose Arena Authority to oversee the operation and management of the building and to act as its liaison to the San Jose community.

The Arena Authority reports to a 12-member board of directors, comprised of many of the same dedicated people who contributed to the building's development. Included are representatives from the City Council, City Administration, the Redevelopment Agency (the developers of the building), the neighborhoods, the downtown merchants and members of the community at large.

No city in the world is more closely associated with high technology than San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley. And no facility anywhere is a better showcase for architectural excellence and technological innovation than the HP Pavilion at San Jose. Outside, a shining stainless steel facade supports a magnificent glass pyramid entry, which soars ten stories above the ground. Inside, state-of-the-art acoustics and leading-edge seismic engineering contribute to the building's growing reputation as one of the finest single concourse facilities in North America.

HP Pavilion at San Jose Construction   The building opened in September 1993, giving headline entertainment and major league sports a home in San Jose.

But completing the facility was no simple task.

There are 33,000 cubic yards of concrete in the new building, the equivalent of a 3-foot sidewalk running from the building's main entrance to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Structural steel used in the Pavilion weighs about the same as 300 African elephants.

And if the HP Pavilion at San Jose's foundation pilings were stacked end-to-end they would stand two-and-a-half times taller than Mount Everest.

The completion of the building was an important milestone in San Jose's emergence as a destination city.

The HP Pavilion at San Jose's convenient downtown location allows ticket holders to take full advantage of an urban setting -- with fine dining, bustling cafes and clubs, and a host of transportation alternatives. It's a win-win situation.

The HP Pavilion at San Jose has been a boom to the downtown economy; and its setting invites patrons to make the most of a safe, compact and revitalized city center.

The revitalized downtown has seen its skyline change dramatically during the last decade. It began with the construction of the Fairmount Hotel and has continued with the advent of the Adobe Systems headquarters towers, as well as the San Jose Repertory Theatre and Technology Museum of Innovation Silicon Valley - downtown San Jose

The HP Pavilion at San Jose handles more than 90 sporting events annually including more than 40 Sharks regular season home games, lacrosse, boxing, tennis, Arena Football and Strikeforce. The building hosts 120 to 180 events every year -- including Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners and a variety of family and children's favorites that account for more than 275 event days.

Pollstar, the leading concert industry trade magazine nominated HP Pavilion at San Jose as “Arena of the Year” for 2005 and 2007. In 2007 Pollstar also recognized HP Pavilion at San Jose based on non-sports attendance as 4th in North America, top 10 in the world. Over the past 10 years, HP Pavilion at San Jose has consistently been in the Top 5 in North America and top 10 in the world.

This all adds up to unprecedented excitement as San Jose welcomes the arrival of the world's greatest names in sports and entertainment.

Total attendance since opening in 1993 is more than 20 million guests with more than 2,400 events. Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Mickey Mouse, the San Jose Sharks, Billy Graham and many more have performed and returned. As many as 20,000 comfortable HP Pavilion at San Jose seats await their fans

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