Thank you for taking an interest in the future of SAP Center at San Jose.
We have established this web page to help keep our guests up to date on historic changes planned for downtown San Jose, and what they mean for the SAP Center and the San Jose Sharks.
The development projects being planned for the Diridon area, which literally surround the current footprint of SAP Center, are unprecedented. If these massive projects are not properly planned and implemented, the future viability of SAP Center could be jeopardized.
What Does This Mean for the Future of SAP Center?
While Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE) is supportive of these planned development projects and the positive impacts they can have on our community, we must protect the viability of the city-owned SAP Center and the incredible fan experience you have come to expect from us. This includes ensuring convenient parking remains available in the area surrounding the arena and maintaining the ease for guests to safely and efficiently arrive and depart SAP Center.
The construction phase of these development projects will likely take more than a decade to implement and complete. During that phase, it is imperative that local leaders remember the important investment our patrons and fans have made in the city’s community arena, downtown San Jose and the San Jose Sharks. They need to ensure that you, our guests, remain able to safely and easily arrive and depart SAP Center and have access to parking within a short distance of the arena.
Here are some additional details and resources on these planned projects
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.