San Jose Sharks Welcome Fans Back to the SAP Center April 26th; Test or Vaccination Required – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – For the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Jose Sharks announced that fans will be welcomed back to the SAP Center for the remaining home games from the end of this month.
The team announced on Friday that fans will be in attendance from the April 26 matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes. A home game against the Minnesota Wild on April 24th is only open to families of players and staff.
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“We appreciate the patience of our fans over the past year and appreciate your trust in providing you with a safe and enjoyable experience,” said Jonathan Becher, President of Sharks Sports & Entertainment.
Numerous COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, including a requirement that all fans 24 months and older must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination within 72 hours of the game.
The Sharks offer two in-arena testing options, including free in-arena PCR testing between 10am and 4pm on non-game days and quick pre-game antigen testing for a $ 50 fee.
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Other protocols include the requirement of face covering and the prohibition of most bags, including purses and clutches. Changing bags and bags with medical supplies would be allowed.
With reference to the current state guidelines, the consumption of food and drinks is only permitted in designated areas and not in the seat shell or in suites.
The last time the Sharks played in front of their home crowd was on March 8, 2020, before Santa Clara County banned large gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19, a move that was unprecedented at the time.
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Tickets for the remaining home games will be available from April 19th.