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Sharks officially announce change of arena name after HP merger

Tuesday July 09, 2002

SAN JOSE — Due to the recent merger between high-tech firms Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp., the San Jose Sharks will have their home arena renamed for the second time in two years. 

The facility, which had been called the San Jose Arena until last year, was renamed the Compaq Center when that company bought the naming rights. But when Compaq was swallowed up by HP this May, HP chairwoman and CEO Carly Fiorina said the arena’s name would change to the HP Pavilion. 

Sharks President Greg Jamison said Monday the NHL team and HP have reached final agreement on that name switch, contingent upon approval from the San Jose City Council. The Sharks’ deal with HP runs through 2015.