The San Jose Sharks said they will again be letting a limited number of fans into the SAP Center later this month, starting with their April 26 game with the Arizona Coyotes.
The announcement on Friday marks the first time since March 8, 2020 that fans will be allowed to enter the arena for a downtown Sharks game when the team against the will of the Santa Clara County health authorities in front of an announced crowd of players against the Colorado Avalanche played 14,694 people.
The Sharks also announced that they will be adding player family members and organizational staff to the April 24 game against the Minnesota Wild.
“On behalf of the entire Sharks organization, I am delighted to welcome the fans back to the SAP Center in San Jose,” said Jonathan Becher, President of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, in a statement. “The health and safety of all event participants continues to have top priority.”
The Haie announced that all fans will need to show evidence of a negative COVID test or full COVID-19 vaccination from 24 months prior to entry, with the final dose being received at least two weeks before game day.
According to the California Department of Health’s interior guidelines announced earlier this month, if all guests are tested or provide proof of full vaccination, a building’s audience capacity can increase to 35 percent. The seating capacity of the SAP Center for hockey is 17,562.
The state announced on April 2 that it would allow indoor venues – including sports arenas – to host events with a limited number of spectators. The three California-based NHL teams were among the last in the US to start allowing fans.
From the game on April 26th, the Sharks have seven home games in the regular season.
The team announced that tickets for regular home games, starting with the game on April 26th, will be sold to Sharks365 members, owners and corporate partners for the first time on April 19th. The availability of tickets will vary depending on the game.
The Sharks said they will offer a free COVID-19 test to ticket fans 48 to 72 hours before the game they want to attend. Viewers must register for tests in advance and book an appointment, which will be available from April 19 through Total Testing Solutions.
Also, the Sharks said they will offer free PCR-COVID-19 tests at the SAP Center on non-Sharks home game days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Viewers must make an appointment with Total Testing Solutions. The test is valid for entry up to 72 hours before the game date you are attending.
Fans can also get a quick antigen COVID-19 test in the SAP Center on the day of the match without an appointment for a fee of USD 50 per test.
Fans who have received a negative PCR COVID-19 test result from another provider that was issued less than 72 hours before the start of the game can take these recordings with them to the SAP Center instead of other test options.
Vaccinated fans must provide valid documentation showing the name of the participant, the type of vaccine and the date of the last dose administered. An authorized vaccination card or vaccination documentation from a healthcare provider is accepted.
Fans 24 months or older must wear face-covering in parking lots and security clearance areas, as well as in the arena, unless they are actively eating or drinking in an area designated for eating.
Also, bags, clear bags, purses and clutches of any size or type are not allowed in the arena, the Sharks said, with the exception of bags that carry medical essentials or diaper bags that are accompanied by a child in diapers. The team said the bag policy will be re-evaluated after the season ends.
All tickets must be purchased in advance. Those purchased through the SAP Center and / or the San Jose Sharks are only accessible through the Sharks + SAP Center app or the Ticketmaster app and / or the mobile web. Physical tickets for Sharks games will no longer be issued.
Only the specified buyer is allowed to use his tickets. Ticket forwarding is not available for these games.
Tickets are sold in two- or four-seat pods, with six feet of physical space between each pod.
The current guidelines of the US state of California do not allow the consumption of food and drinks in the seat shell or in the zoom suites in the SAP Center. In the North Club and Upper Mezzanine sections of the SAP Center near sections 107 and 109, certain dining and drinking areas will be set up for all guests, which are configured so that there is a minimum distance of two meters between the tables.
All guests who want to buy food and drinks as part of their gaming experience must do so via the mobile Sharks + SAP Center app. All orders can be picked up at the specified locations.
Outside of food and drinks, no medical approvals are permitted in the SAP Center. Objects brought in for medical reasons must be consumed in the areas designated for eating and drinking.
To limit the number of points of contact between guests and team members, all purchases are cashless. Credit and debit cards and mobile payments are accepted.
Reverse ATMs, where guests can convert cash to a debit card, are available throughout the venue. A limited number of merchandise locations will be open.
All guests are asked to purchase parking permits in advance via ticketmaster.com before arriving at the SAP Center. If you do not wish to pre-order parking permits, you can purchase one upon arrival, subject to availability. All parking processes are only mobile payment, credit card and debit card.