San Jose Sharks fans will soon be able to return to the SAP Center with these changes

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – The Bay Area sports teams have announced when they will welcome fans back to support their favorite teams.

The San Jose Sharks said Friday that the SAP Center will no longer be empty as they will be able to accept fans again from April 26th.

Fans are allowed to attend the stands for the San Jose Earthquakes home opener

A limited number of fans can rely on the Sharks when they host the Arizona Coyotes.

All you need is proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for people aged two and over. The final dose must be received at least two weeks before the day of the game.

Free COVID-19 tests are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SAP Center on days when the sharks are not playing. Fans need to make an appointment for Total Testing Solutions.

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All participants aged two and over must wear face covering in the SAP Center, except when eating or drinking. Face covers are also required in parking lots and in security screening areas.

It is the first time since March 8, 2020 that the SAP Center has hosted an event with fans present.

Tickets are sold in two- or four-seat pods, with 6 feet of physical space between each pod. Fans sitting together should be members of the same household according to government guidance.

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If you want to buy food and drinks, you have to order via the Sharks + SAP Center mobile app. All orders can be picked up in specific areas. Ö

Outside of food and beverages, no medical approvals are permitted in the SAP Center, unless this is medically necessary.

Santa Clara County’s health officials announced a three-week ban on contact sports in November 2020 as COVID-19 cases rise.

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The ban was extended in December and again in January due to a post-holiday spike, which in some cases led to an increase and overwhelmed bed capacity in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

The sharks left the county and went to Arizona where they trained and practiced. They were allowed to return to San Jose in February, but fans still couldn’t attend the games.

In addition to the Sharks, the schedule for the 2021 San Jose Earthquakes has been released, and fans are allowed to enter the stands for the home opener.

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Santa Clara County currently remains in the orange category, which means 33% of fans are eligible for games.

If the county moves to the least restrictive yellow tier, the capacity increases to 67%.

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