The Sharks will resume playing in front of San Jose fans on April 26

Published April 16, 2021 by Silicon Valley Business Journal

Sharks fans, mark your calendars: San Jose’s National Hockey League team will be playing in front of paying home crowds again starting April 26.

The team will admit 500 to 1,000 fans to SAP Center for that night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. The game will be the first since March 8 of last year that the public will be allowed to attend.

“I hope you’re excited,” team President Jonathan Becher said on a video call with reporters Friday afternoon. “All I can think of is, ‘Is it April 26 yet?’ We’re counting down the days.”

The team does plan to ask fans to provide proof of vaccinations or negative test results before entering the arena, Becher said. The Sharks plan to gradually increase the number of attendees. But the team wants to make sure it can do so safely and wants to work through any potential problems first, he said.

“We’re intentionally starting much smaller than we could,” he said. He continued: “Safety is by far our single biggest issue here.”

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