The HP Pavilion opened for business in 1993 after many years of planning by the City of San Jose. It is conveniently located in the downtown area so that people going to events at the Pavilion can enjoy fine dining, cafes and clubs. It also makes it very easy to get to with the many transportation options. The HP Pavilion hosts over ninety sporting events, with at least forty of them for the San Jose Sharks.
The other sporting events that the HP Pavilion opens up for are lacrosse, boxing, tennis, Arena Football, and Strikeforce. There are approximately 120 to 180 events that occur at the HP Pavilion every year. Olympic athletes, family oriented shows, Grammy award winning performers and children's performances round out the events at the facility. Barbra Streisand, Pavarotti, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Mickey Mouse, and Billy Graham are just some of the performers that have visited the HP Pavilion.
Tickets for the events can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by phone, online or at the Box Office. The box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The box office is only open on weekends if there is an event scheduled. Patrons looking for the box office will find it at the corner of Autumn and Santa Clara streets.
There are more than six thousand parking spaces within a half a mile radius of the HP Pavilion. There are fifteen hundred spaces on the premises next to the entrances to the building off of Santa Clara or Julian streets. There is plenty of off area parking that opens about two hours prior to any scheduled events. Parking charges vary from ten dollars to twenty dollars depending on the event. Disabled guests will find parking spaces at both entrances to the Pavilion. RV's are welcome to park at the HP Pavilion and will be charged according to how many parking spaces they use. If guests are season ticket holders with Comerica Bank Club seats they may pre pay for their parking.
Concession stands on the main concourse level have choices which include: Grill Works, Round Table Pizza, Fowl Play, Caboto's, Una Mas, Tied House and Togo's. There are also many kiosks that serve beer, popcorn, nachos, peanuts, ice cream, coffee and BBQ sandwiches.
The Club Level has The Grill at HP Pavilion with a contemporary American menu. This restaurant is available for all ticket holders prior to the San Jose Sharks games. There is also a selection of burgers, hot dogs, p9izza, chicken sandwiches, French fries, popcorn, nacho's, ice cream, soda, water, beer and micro brews.
Some of the upcoming events at the HP Pavilion are Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Strikeforce, AC/DC, Fight Night at the Tank, Pink, Sharks vs. Anaheim pre season game and a tribute to Cesar Chavez. Artists that will perform on the stage include Rascal Flatts, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel and Elton John. Fans of dance exhibitions will be able to watch the So You Think You Can Dance exhibition in the fall.