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SAP Center at San Jose Ranked as #1 Bay Area Venue by Pollstar Magazine

Pollstar's Year End Report Ranks San Jose No. 1 in the Bay Area, No. 12 in North America, and No. 25 in the World

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks /

SAN JOSE, CA - SAP Center at San Jose (@SAPCenter) has been ranked as the #1 arena in the Bay Area for 2018 by Pollstar Magazine. In the same poll of the Top-200 venues worldwide, SAP Center ranked No. 12 in North America and No. 25 overall. The rankings are according to the publication's year-end report, which includes events held between November 23, 2017 through November 21, 2018. In that time, SAP Center hosted more than 100 non-sporting events. 

In 2018, SAP Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in the Bay Area, hosted many of the most prominent touring acts to travel through North America including U2's eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour, Justin Timberlake's The Man of the Woods Tour, Cirque Du Soleil's Crystal, Bad Bunny's La Nueva Religion Tour, Timberiche's Tour Juntos USA, Los Tigres Del Norte & Alejandro Fernandez Rompiendo Fronteras Tour, and Da Bangg's Reloaded Tour

"2018 was an amazing year for SAP Center at San Jose," said Steve Kirsner, Vice President of Booking & Events at SAP Center at San Jose. "It was a very strong year for the concert industry and we were honored to host so many world-class entertainers in our venue. SAP Center is a fantastic venue situated in a thriving market that is surrounded by the best fans in the world. The staff at SAP Center is second to none and we look forward to bringing more outstanding entertainment to Silicon Valley in 2019 and for years to come."  

2018 marks the 25-year celebration of SAP Center at San Jose. SAP Center opened its doors on September 7, 1993 when the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus performed the first event in the brand new, state-of-the-art facility. Since that time, the venue has hosted the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Beyoncé, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Jay-Z, The Three Tenors (Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras), Madonna, Lady Gaga, Prince, Los Tigres Del Norte, The Eagles and U2.  

SAP Center has also hosted several world-class, championship sporting events, including: the 2016 Stanley Cup Final; two Olympic Trials for USA Gymnastics (2012 & 2016); four NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Western Regional Finals (1997, 2002, 2007, & 2017); the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament (2003-07); 1999 NCAA Division I Women's Final Four; and three U.S. Figure Skating Championships (1996, 2012, & 2018). In addition, SAP Center also hosted the NHL's All-Star Game in 1997 and will host it again this month (Jan. 26). 

SAP Center continues to be recognized as the biggest success story in the ongoing revitalization of downtown San Jose. Over the last ten years, SAP Center's economic impact on the City of San Jose has been almost $4 Billion. With its distinguishing 10-story glass pyramid entry and unique stainless steel façade, the facility has provided a distinct identity for the City of San Jose for 25 years. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SAP Center is an exemplification of the architectural excellence and technological innovation that defines the area.

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