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The Endangered 8: 2024 

San José's Most Threatened Architectural and Cultural Landmarks

Forman's Arena


447 W. St. John Street


Built 1926




Neglect, Redevelopment

Forman’s Arena once stood at the center of San Jose’s sporting world, hosting wildly-popular boxing and wrestling matches weekly from 1926 through the late 1930s. Mere steps away from today’s SAP Center, the former arena could be reborn as a beer garden or other fan attraction linking SAP to Little Italy and Downtown along a planned “Sharks Way” pedestrian corridor. Instead, the City is slated to bulldoze this Candidate City Landmark for a temporary surface parking lot that will irrevocably marr this pedestrian way and the adjacent Guadalupe River Park. With a more strategic redesign, the site could easily accommodate a significant parking lot and keep Forman’s Arena in place for a future rebirth.

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