Google's Downtown West Development
Recently, Google announced preliminary plans for their Diridon West mixed-use development, which has the potential to add more than 20,000 employees in the area west of Highway 87.
This proposal includes planned structures on SAP Center’s three main parking lots – A, B & C which are located immediately behind the arena. Under the terms of SAP Center’s management agreement, SSE has absolute discretion on whether to consent to the development of these parking lots. Thus, SSE is in continued communication with Google to ensure that their large-scale plan does not impact the viability and future success of SAP Center, particularly regarding convenient facility parking and safe and convenient access to enter and exit the arena.
BART/Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan
Another large-scale development being planned involves the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan, which includes the extension of BART to downtown San Jose and, potentially High-Speed Rail. These projects would create the largest transit hub west of the Mississippi River.
A major piece of this project is the extension of BART to downtown San Jose. A large portion of this construction will take place directly across the street from SAP Center and, coupled with Google’s planned development, will eliminate almost all parking options for patrons south of Santa Clara Street for many years. The Valley Transportation Authority, which is responsible for planning and completing the BART project, has refused to replace parking that will be lost in this transition or address the many long-term construction impacts this project will have on arena patrons.