San Jose Sharks President and CEO Greg Jamison and Comerica Bank’s Western Market President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Fulton announced today that the Comerica Bank Club will officially open its doors to HP Pavilion guests Thursday, Oct. 5 when the Sharks open the 2006 NHL season at home vs. the St. Louis Blues.
Fans attending Sharks opening night will notice several enhancements to the Comerica Bank Club level. Over the summer, the Comerica Bank Club received several upgrades including sixty-five new 42-inch HP HD-plasma screen televisions, state-of-the-art point of sale equipment at concession stands, at The Grill restaurant and for in-seat service throughout the Comerica Bank Club, fresh paint and new carpeting. In addition, new entryway signage at the North, South and Grill (off Santa Clara St.) entrances will greet patrons as they enter the exclusive Comerica Bank Club Level.
The Comerica Bank Club Level at HP Pavilion is typically accessible only to club seat holders and suite holders who enjoy premier seat locations to view all the non-stop action of NHL hockey. In addition to food and beverage service at the seats, Comerica Bank Club Level seat holders have easy access to The Grill (on-site restaurant) and exclusive access to the Club’s concession stands, bars and lounge. The Comerica Bank Club Level also is open to all event attendees at select events, including SaberCats Arena Football League games and marquee concerts.
“We are pleased to showcase the Comerica Bank Club this Thursday evening at the Sharks opening night,” said Jamison. “Comerica Bank has been a great partner to the Sharks and HP Pavilion. We are pleased that Sharks fans and patrons of HP Pavilion will be able to take advantage and enjoy the first-class amenities now in place due to this unique partnership.”
““We have been proud of our long association with the Sharks and the HP Pavilion,” said Fulton. “With the Comerica Bank Club, we’ll be adding a new dimension to one of San Jose’s most valuable community resources, while enhancing the entertainment experience for a wide range of audiences. It underscores our strong corporate commitment to downtown San Jose and to the region.”
HP Pavilion at San Jose is a showcase of beauty and technology that has become the cornerstone of a revitalized downtown cityscape and continues to create excitement and civic pride for San Jose. In slightly over a decade, the venue has overwhelmingly established itself as the place-to-be-and-be-seen in the Bay Area and has deservedly been called “the biggest success story in the city’s rebuilt downtown.”
Pollstar Magazine ranked HP Pavilion at San Jose the No. 7 venue in the world, No. 5 in North America and No. 3 in the United States in terms of non-sports tickets sold for the 2005 calendar year while the building recently enjoyed a record-setting year in terms of numbers of shows and attendance figures.
Comerica Bank, founded in 1849, is the 20th largest banking company in the United States. Comerica Bank's Western Market headquarters is located in San Jose and the bank has had a relationship with the Sharks and HP Pavilion for more than a decade.
Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company headquartered in Detroit strategically aligned into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships and helping businesses and people be successful. Comerica bank locations can be found in Michigan, California, Texas, Florida and Arizona, with select businesses operating in several other states, Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $57.1 billion at June 30, 2006.
For more information, go to www.comerica.com.