The Shark Tank on Monday night was refilled with waves of Team Teal as the San Jose Sharks welcomed back a limited number of fans at SAP Center for a game against the Arizona Coyotes.
The Sharks won 6-4 in the first event with spectators at the arena since March 8, 2020.
“To be back at the first game back is amazing," said Darrel Varni of Watsonville. "We’re so ready to be back and watch the players get out there."
Family members of Sharks players and team staff had their own special return event Saturday at the Shark Tank.
"On behalf of the entire Sharks organization, I am elated to welcome fans back to SAP Center at San Jose," team president Jonathan Becher said. "We appreciate the patience of our fans over the past year, and we're thankful for your trust to provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience."
Several changes will be in place at SAP Center for all the Sharks remaining home games this season, the most important of which is fans ages 2 and older attending games must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with the second dose received two weeks prior to game day, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of game day.
Other rules include:
- Masks required for all fans ages 2 and older
- No bags will be permitted except for diaper bags with children and those carrying medical necessities
- Advance tickets required; no day-of-game tickets sold
- No outside food or drinks allowed in the arena, and no concessions food or drinks at seats
- Food and drink concessions must be ordered using the Sharks + SAP Center mobile app
SAP Center's designated dining areas are designed with tables at least 6 feet apart to adhere to state guidelines for indoor dining, the team said.
For details about the above rules and other game day protocols, visit the Sharks team web page on fan safety.