SAP Center Details
Located in San Jose, California, the SAP Center plays the home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. Affectionately known as the Shark Tank, the venue opened in 1993 and regularly plays host to playoff hockey when the Sharks qualify. Beyond hockey, the venue serves as the home for many music and entertainment events every year.
The construction for SAP Center began in 2001, with the NHL announcing the Sharks as their latest expansion team shortly after. Since then, the Sharks have won a Western Conference championship in the 2015-2016 season, won the Presidents' Trophy in the 2008-2009 campaign, and have won their division six times, with the SAP Center being their home for those successes. In 2016, the Stanley Cup Final took place in SAP Center, with games 3, 4, and 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins being hosted in the Shark Tank.
SAP Center has also been the home to teams in the Arena Football League, American Hockey League, National Lacrosse League, and even was the home of the Golden State Warriors for a season in the 1996-1997 campaign. Media activities for Super Bowl 50 were held at SAP Center, with the game itself being hosted in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium.
The West Regional final of the 2017 NCAA Tournament also took place at SAP Center, which saw the 1-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs advance to the Final Four after defeating 11-seed Xavier in the Elite Eight game. The venue also hosted the Sweet Sixteen round, which was where Xavier managed to knock off 2-seed Arizona with a late comeback, in one of the truly memorable games in NCAA Tournament history.
SAP Center has also hosted figure skating championship events, the arena football championship game, and a UFC pay-per-view during its history, one full of championship-level events.
Where are the best places to sit at SAP Center?
What is nice about SAP Center is the fact that the venue is a true oval around the outside of the ice, so there is no real worry about being stuck in a corner where you will not have a good view of the ice. While the 100 level seats are the best in terms of how close they are to the players, the 200 sections offer a good view of the ice as well, without costing as much as the seats in the lower bowl.
SAP Center tips and tricks
At SAP Center, the doors open close to 1 hour and 15 minutes before the start of San Jose Sharks games, with the doors opening closer to an hour before other events. That is plenty of time to catch the Sharks and their opponents getting in a pre-game skate, while enjoying the different culinary options that are on offer at SAP Center. Also, there are Caltrain and VTA Light Rail services available for fans going to or leaving SAP Center, which could make your trip to the venue easier.
SAP Center club areas
The BMW lounge is the pinnacle of club seating at SAP Center. For members only, the BMW lounge includes seats in the first rows of the arena, as well as private entrances, food and beverage included, free parking, and access to the venue even on days where there is not an event happening. This is designed to truly make you feel like you are a part of the organization.
SAP Center Team Entrance
Perhaps the most unique thing about SAP Center has to be the entrance for the Sharks. When they come out on the ice for a home game, they do so by skating through the mouth of a giant shark! It is one of the most fun traditions in sports.