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SAP Center

525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California 95113-1520, USA
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  • SAP CenterPro 2014
    Rhia R.
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    5 Apr 18, 2014

    The place I go to for watching SJ Sharks games is also a venue for various concerts throughout the year. I saw Maroon Five with their opener The Strokes a few years ago, and it was a blast! The place is easy to get to, either by car or using Caltrain.

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    Kevin Picholo
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    4 Mar 21, 2014

    Great indoor arena (known before as San Jose Arena) to watch sports. But its not very good for concerts because the sound bounces off the pipes on the ceiling and not tuned for sound.

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    Eunice
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    4 Feb 06, 2014

    Aka Shark Tank, and the old HP Pavilion. Been here countless times for concerts, and have yet to attend a sport game (watch the Sharks). The venue is a good size, not super big. It's in a circle with parking all around with multiple entrances. Clean for the most part, very orderly and has close smoking areas - you can jump out for a quick smoke before the artist comes back on.

    I noticed the past few times, the wait time for a drink at the bar is pretty long. They don't staff enough people. Parking is abut $20 and is a short walk to SAP. You can park around SAP in the residential area to avoid paying.

    There is nothing around the vicinity (restaurants,bars,etc), so you would have to make the long trek to downtown San jose or drive there. Close to freeway, so easy commute after the concert.

    Staff has been always nice and cheerful.

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  • SAP CenterAmbassadorPro 2014
    michere
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    5 Jan 27, 2014

    Just went here for the Justin Timberlake concert!! Seriously the best concert layout I've been to ever!

    The stage background was so romantic and theatrical.

    The lights really synced up with the music.

    The stage moved and Justin really engage with the crowd!

    It was such a personal concert experience!

    Parking is easy to find for free if you don'ti mind walking.

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    CB
    4 Mar 27, 2013

    Just attended March Madness at HP Pavilion (FUN!) and found the venue to be nice, easy parking (yet not cheap) and easy access on and off highway. First visit but hitting a Shark's game next so may have new review!

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  • SAP CenterPro 2014
    Albert Qian
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    5 Feb 18, 2013

    Great venue. Came here for a Sharks game in February 2012 and the area is electric. No, it doesn't snow in San Jose but it might as well. Parking, which is always the toughest here is best avoided -- take Caltrain or the 22 bus if you must. But if you have to, take the Stephen's Meat Lot where you pay a little less than the Caltrain lot.

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    Tali Manouki
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    2 Jul 05, 2012

    Went to one concert here years ago, and the sound sucked so bad that my friend and I wanted to leave early. The two bands we saw were actually favorites of ours, and ones we had seen at other venues. After this experience we never wanted to see another concert here again for fear of a repeat sucky experience. Gave it 2 stars only because it has a great location..now if only they can get the rest of their act together!

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    Eduardo Sasso
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Nice stadium for shows. Easy parking and plenty of options for public transportation nearby. The seats are a little bit tiny in space but in overall this is an excellent place to watch concerts.

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    Luke Hornof
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Pretty easy to get to, find parking, etc. Friendly people working here. Food was pretty awful, though.

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    Thomas Underhill
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    This venue locally referred to as the "Shark Tank" is the home of the San Jose Sharks NHL team. I used to score free tickets from vendors and my employer so I frequented the Sharks games quite a bit when I was younger. Gosh, writing this review is making me jealous that such perks are no longer available.

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    Joseph Diepenbrock
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    The HP Pavilion is THE place to watch NHL Hockey. I mean its a SHARK TANK for crying out loud! The San Jose arena really does beat others I've been to in respect of layout, viewing angles, and of course: the fans.

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  • SAP CenterPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 Dec 07, 2013

    San Jose is a long way from my part of the East Bay, so my visits to the HP Pavilion have been limited to Sharks games and a few Zig Ziglar-led motivational seminars. And with it's open, spacious, well lit, modern facilities, friendly staff, nice concessions, and no metal detectors, it puts the Oracle in Oakland to shame. Parking is also easy, whether it's the lot or the surrounding neighbourhood. And although their schedules often don't work for me, the CalTrain/Amtrak station is nearby.

    My only significant complaint with this place, is the lack of restaurant and entertainment choices that are integral with the Arena. I've seen it work near Nationwide Arena in Columbus and it's an exciting place to be. You can find these choice in this part of San Jose, but you're going to have to hoof it over there.

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    Verlisia
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Watched Trans-Siberian Orchestra here last year and Russell Peters a couple days ago. The setup is decent for stand up comedy but just average for bands. The acoustic really aren't that amazing. Especially if you sit at the upper levels. Other than that it's a pretty good arena. Seats are comfortable. Restrooms are fairly clean and well lit.

    Parking is a real rip off. $20 for event parking. Seriously? I would really recommend coming here early to look for cheaper parking slightly further away.

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    Lorrie M
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I have such mixed feelings about this place but I suppose on a sentimental count it deserves 4 stars for all the things that it has been to me in life. One warning though, this is NOT a good concert location. If you are watching a concert here, please bring ear plugs and binoculars because most likely the closes you will get to somebody important is a football field away.

    I had my high school graduation here, which for the most part was a good experience especially because my class was the first (read SPECIAL ...) class to ever be able to graduate outside of the crappy confines of the school football field lawn. The venue was huge so it accommodated many members of my family and friends and it definitely felt a little endless.

    I then watched a few Sharks games here, these were also fun because I got to sit in the suites. I don't know if I would have liked the experience equally if I didn't have immediately access to a private bathroom since the women's line tends to be around the corner.

    Finally, I went to a few concerts. This is probably my least favorite part. The chairs are a little cramped, the seating is not especially comfortable, and everything is a mile away. You can hardly get a good seat nor a good floor spot unless you wait outside at 8 am on the day of a show and get in the front row to stand in the mosh pit for 6 hours holding your animal instinct to run to the bathroom. If you do go to a concert where Row 1 is an option, you will likely pay upwards of $500+ for it. Eh.

    Conclusion? Go here for special events and games. Skip the concerts unless somebody real important is coming to town and ONLY playing here.

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    Christopher F
    5 Jun 15, 2013

    Home of the San Jose Sharks! Not to mention incredible entertainment.

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    Matthew Chin-Schmitt
    4 Oct 23, 2012

    Before a Shark's game, grab a drink down the street at the Britannia Arms.

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    Riza Ojeda
    5 Sep 15, 2012

    GO SHARKS.. that's all I have to say!

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    Maayan
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    HP Pavilion is a really neat place to watch concerts and sport games.

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    Arlo Hemphill
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    4 Mar 07, 2012
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    4 Oct 13, 2012
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The HP Pavilion is San Jose's premier venue for sports, concerts, trade shows and even the circus. Home to the NHL San Jose Sharks, Arena Football's Sabercats and the WNBA Stealth, the Pavilion also hosts top musical acts. As the largest and most modern event venue in the south bay, the HP Pavilion regularly lures fans into San Jose from San Francisco to Monterey. ... read more

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