It turns out that spectators will be attending the San Jose Sharks’ regular season opener next month.
Xavier A. Gutierrez, president of Arizona Coyotes, said Monday the team would open the regular season against the Sharks on January 14th. A limited number of fans are admitted to the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Gutierrez, a native of San Jose, said the coyotes had been working with local, state and federal officials, as well as the NHL, on their plan to take in fans for his games, adding that it is subject to further review by health officials. The Gila River Arena has a capacity of 17,125 seats for hockey.
“We’re excited,” said Gutierrez. “We believe we will announce some very innovative and technological services to ensure the health and safety of or fans.”
The Coyotes announcement comes a day after Doug Wilson, general manager of Sharks, announced the team would be relocating their training camp from San Jose to Scottsdale, Arizona due to restrictions related to COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.
The Haie still don’t know where they will play as their home team at the start of the season. Santa Clara County has banned contact sports until at least Jan. 8 and has placed a 10-day quarantine on anyone traveling into the county from more than 150 miles away.
“If games can’t be played in Santa Clara, we’ve been exploring some potential options, just like we’ve been exploring training camp locations,” said Wilson. “It could be a hub, we could play a different NHL city for a while. Until we see our schedule, we probably won’t know which and how many games will be affected. ”
The NHL is expected to release its regular season schedule in the next day or two. The Sharks and Coyotes are in the West Division with Los Angeles, Anaheim, Vegas, Colorado, Minnesota, and St. Louis. Each team plays against each other eight times in a regular season with 56 games.