Outlook unclear for the return of live events in Silicon Valley

Published October 15, 2020 by Mercury News

The path back toward having live events — with audiences — in Santa Clara County is still uncharted territory — but something needs to happen soon. That was the main message Thursday morning from a panel discussion hosted by the Silicon Valley Organization on the future of live events in a COVID-19 world.

“I think what happens in the next 4 to 6 weeks will set the stage for 2021,” Sharks President Jonathan Becher said, noting that the great strides made by the NFL and Major League Baseball won’t necessarily translate to an indoor arena like SAP Center, where most of its 175-plus events a year are non-televised. “No fans is not a sustainable model. It may work for a Sharks game, but it doesn’t work for a concert.”

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