SAP Center (San Jose Sharks Stadium)

The SAP Center at San Jose has been nicknamed “The Shark Tank,” due to it being the home ice of the San Jose Sharks.  Construction of the arena began in June of 1990 and was completed in September of 1993 for the 1993-94 NHL season.  The Sharks are a member of the Pacific Division in the NHL’s Western Conference.  The Sharks were founded in 1991 and although they have not won a Stanley Cup, they did advance to the finals in 2016.  The Sharks start each home game at the SAP Center with a bit of flair, as the team skates onto the ice through a giant shark’s mouth.  


How many seats are in SAP Center

The SAP Center seats 17,562 Sharks’ fans for home hockey games.  Seats are arranged over two levels, the 100 section, and the 200 section. There are also suites available for rent for group events referred to as the Penthouse Lofts.  For basketball, seating increases by 1000 and exceeds 19,000 for concerts and other events. 


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Directions – How to get to SAP Center

The SAP Center is located at 525 West Santa Clara Street in San Jose, California.  People driving to the arena from outside the immediate area can take Interstate 880 from the north of the area or 280 from the south.  There are public transportation options when taking in a San Jose Sharks game at the SAP Center, too. The VTA (Valley Transit Authority) buses service Diridon Station. The VTA Vasona Light Rail also serves  SAP Center in the San Jose area with a light rail station near Diridon Station and on San Fernando Street at Delmas Avenue. 

Where to Park near SAP Center?

Parking lots in the area typically open two and a half hours before game time.  There is parking adjacent to the SAP Center as well as many lots on the surrounding blocks.  There is pre-paid parking available, for those who would like a guaranteed spot in the on-site lot. 

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the San Jose Sharks SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

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Other SAP Center FAQs

Who owns the SAP Center?

The City of San Jose owns the SAP Center. 

Are the San Jose Sharks moving?

There is a chance that due to development occurring in the area of the SAP Center that the Sharks would be forced to move from their current home.  The current lease of the SAP Center runs through 2025 and moving the team is seen by many as a last resort. 

What does SAP stand for in San Jose?

SAP is a German software company known for its ERP systems.  SAP refers to Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing.

How old is SAP Center?

The SAP Center opened on September 7, 1993, after approximately three years of construction. 

What is the SAP Center Health & Safety Information? (related to COVID)

Per the SAP Center website: On August 24, 2021, the San Jose City Council instituted a health and safety urgency ordinance that any City of San Jose-owned facility hosting indoor events with more than 50 attendees requires guests ages 12 or older to show proof of vaccination upon entry to the facility.  This policy is effective on September 20, 2021. As a facility owned by the City of San Jose, the directive includes SAP Center at San Jose.

How much is a San Jose Sharks hockey ticket?

The SAP Center seating is basically divided into two sections, 100 level seating and 200 level seating.  Comparing tickets from a similar part of the arena, for a game in late October seats can be found in section 204 for $56 and to sit in section 104 the price is just about double, at $110. 

What hockey teams play at the SAP Center?

The primary tenant of the SAP Center is the San Jose Sharks franchise of the NHL. It is also home to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.

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