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“Hockey, concerts...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of SAP Center

SAP Center
525 W Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113 (Formerly HP Pavilion)
(408) 287-7070
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Ranked #12 of 140 things to do in San Jose
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
fremont, ca
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“Hockey, concerts...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

A large arena with a lot to offer. Ample parking for all events. Is known for the San Jose Sharks, but many singers come and do their concerts as well. Sit on the main floor for concerts as acoustics are better.

Visited December 2011
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San Francisco, California
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“Concert Time”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Be careful when choosing this place as a venue for a concert. The center stage is at the "end of the arena" and so you will be turning your head and body in your seat if you are near the "50 yard line" area. The grandstand seating is a bit of a challenge to romp through if you are low and the stair cases turn to metal with grooves as they are added to the regular stadium seating. Floor seating has no elevation so people near the rear can not see well. Now, as a side note, this is a huge arena and if you are lucky enough to be sitting around people playing on their cell phones and talking because they are drunk or seem bored with the concert - well, don't go looking too far for assistance to have them quiet down. The concert was geared towards the 50+ crowd, music was not so great as this is, afterall, the Shark Tank and was not officially designed for music . . .Unfortunately for us, few folks were here --- oh my, no one to assist? It seems that unlike regular venues like the Marin Civic with helpful people standing around the edges of the seating, you are totally on your own to handle situations that may arise. (Cell phone falling under the "bleachers" created a whirlwind of commotion)...Not a fan of the venue for concerts. We've not been there for any other reason. We will not return.

Visited August 2012
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Love watching the Sabres beat the Sharks here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

It is a great place to watch hockey. I get to see the Sabres v. Sharks every year and always enjoy the game. Often, there are just as many Sabres jerseys as Sharks!

Visited October 2011
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Los Banos, California, United States
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“Great place for seeing the Sharks play”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Great place...the Shark Tank. I have been to several concerts here as well. The sound system has been improved. But it cann be spotty.

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Campbell, CA
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“Hockey, yes - music, take your chances”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This is a big arena, and a great place to see a hockey game or take in the circus. But, if you want to hear a big name musical act, it is a crap shoot unless you can afford those really expensive floor seats right down in front. Depending on where you sit, sound can range from excellent (if ear-splitting) to downright murky and unenjoyable. Concert-goer beware!

Visited June 2012
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