About SAP Center
The SAP Center is an arena in San Jose, California that primarily serves as the home of the San Jose Sharks. The arena has also hosted figures skating competitions, MMA fights, the NCAA Tournament, concerts, and even served as the home court of the Golden State Warriors during the 1996-97 season. But with the Sharks as the primary tenant at SAP Center, fans have given the venue the nickname the “Shark Tank.”
Best Places to Sit at SAP Center
For SAP Center sporting events, there are few bad seats in the house. However, the best seats will be in Sections 101 and 115, preferably in the back rows of each section. These seats put fans as close to center ice as possible while sitting far enough back to see the whole rink – the best of both worlds. Sharks fans who prefer to sit behind the goal should look for tickets in Sections 107 and 109, as the Sharks will be shooting there in two of the three periods. Away fans, meanwhile, should grab seats in Sections 121 and 123 for the same reasons.
For SAP Center concerts, it’s hard to go wrong with floor seats, as they'll get you closest to the stage. If floor seats aren’t in the cards, Sections 107, 109, 207, 208, and 209 offer a straight-on view of the stage.
Tips for Visiting SAP Center
Unfortunately, tailgating before SAP Center events isn’t allowed. Any kind of open flame on a grill or alcohol being consumed in the parking lots around the arena can lead to a fine. On the bright side, there's no shortage of bars and restaurants in the area surrounding the SAP Center, so get there early to enjoy a pre-game drink and snack.
Food to Try at SAP Center
If you’d like to get a good meal inside the arena, The Grill at SAP Center is the top culinary destination. The grill's menu includes a number of foreign dishes from all corners of the world prepared with an American twist. If you’re not in the mood for a sit-down meal before a game or concert, there are a dozen different concessions along the SAP Center concourse, including pizza, sushi, and barbecue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the SAP Center located?
The SAP Center is located in San Jose, California, about an hour south of San Francisco.
What kind of events does the SAP Center host?
The arena mainly hosts pro hockey, while also serving as the home other SAP Center sports events and concerts throughout the year.
Which team is playing at the SAP Center?
The SAP Center is the home to the San Jose Sharks of the NHL, and the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL.
Where can I park for free at the SAP Center?
There are over 6,000 parking spaces located within a ½ mile radius of the SAP Center at San Jose. Approximately 1,500 spaces are located at the official lot for SAP Center events. You can also find other parking lots for cheaper in located in the surrounding area, though free parking is tough to come by.
What is the seating capacity of the SAP Center?
There can be 19,190 fans in SAP Center concerts, and 18,543 in SAP Center sporting events.
Who owns the SAP Center?
The SAP Center is owned by the city of San Jose.
How do I get to the SAP Center using public transport?
SAP Center offers a number of public transport options for those wishing to avoid traffic and parking, including Amtrak, ACE, Caltrain, and VTA Light Rail. All these methods of transportation will drop you off just a few blocks from the SAP Center.