Welcome to HP Pavilion at San Jose, home of your San Jose Sharks. This
facility is one of the finest in North America. To help make your visit
to a Sharks game more memorable, I have supplied the following list ranging
from parking, concession stands, to ultimate fan experiences.
DIRECTIONS (Courtesy of HPPavilion@SanJose.com)
SOUTH BOUND I-280 (from Penninsula)
Exit at Bird Avenue. Turn left onto Bird Avenue and continue as it becomes
I-280 (from San Jose)
Exit onto Route 87 (Guadalupe Pkwy) northbound. Exit either at Santa Clara
Street or Julian Street
Highway 87 (from Downtown)
Exit at Julian Street
Highway 87 (from San Jose)
Exit either at Santa Clara Street or Julian Street
Route 101 (from Marin, San Francisco)
Exit onto Route 87 (Guadalupe Parkway) then exit at Julian Street.
Route 101 (from San Jose, Gilroy)
Exit onto Interstate 280 northbound. Then exit onto Route 87 (Guadalupe
Pkwy) northbound. Exit either at Santa Clara Street or Julian Street.
680 (from Concord, Sacramento)
Southbound 680 becomes Interstate 280 northbound. Then exit onto Route
87 (Guadalupe Pkwy) northbound. Exit either Santa Clara Street or Julian
880 (from Oakland, Fremont)
Exit at Coleman Avenue. Turn left onto Coleman Avenue (crossing over the
freeway). Proceed on Coleman Avenue to Julian Street or Market Street.
17 (from Santa Cruz)
Exit onto Interstate 280 southbound and exit at Bird Avenue. Turn left
onto Bird Avenue and continue as it becomes Autumn Street.
Regardless of which
route you take, once exiting from the freeway, follow the signs directing
you to available parking.
Parking is $13 and lots with over 6,000 spots are available around the
arena site, if you can't get into the main lot.
PUCKGUY'S SUGGESTION>> To get the closest spot, get there
early about 60-90 minutes before game time.
THE "CHEECHOO" TRAIN
A perfect way to go
to Sharks games is by way of CalTrain or Amtrak. The San Jose Capitol
station is literally across the street from the Shark Tank. For CalTrain
users, trains 99 and 199 will depart from the station at 10:30pm or 15
minutes after a Sharks home game. Please note: CalTrain currently does
NOT offer weekend service. Go to www.CalTrain.com
for more information. For Amtrak users, your best bet is to use the service
on day games, due to the last train leaving San Jose at approximately
7:35pm. Amtrak's Capitol Corridor can take you from Gilroy to Sacramento.
Go to www.amtrak.com for more information.
PUCKGUY'S SUGGESTION>> Take CalTrain for weeknight games.
For a nice relaxing trip for a weekend day game, take Amtrak's Capitol
CLARA VTA BUS & LIGHT RAIL
At this time, Santa
Clara Valley Transportation Authority has discountinued the free Sharks
shuttle to and from HP Pavilion at San Jose. There are routes that can
take you to the light rail stations in downtown. Once you get to the light
rail station, this can be used to go almost anywhere in Santa Clara County.
For more, visit www.vta.org.
following is not allowed to be brought into HP Pavilion
for Sharks games:
& Audio Recorders (Point and Shoot Cameras, Digital Cameras allowed)
Cans, Bottles, Thermos-like containers
Note: Due to recent events, only small purses and baby bags are allowed
inside. Metal detectors may also be the norm prior to entering the arena.
PUCKGUY'S SUGGESTION>> Use your head, if you don't need
it, don't bring it! Also, get there early to prevent delays while bag
searching. Get to the arena at least one hour before the game to prevent
Banners and signs
are allowed inside at HP Pavilion as long as it does not obstruct the
view of fans, does not contain language that might be deemed offensive
or vulgar to anyone, and does not damage the walls, railings, or paint
in the Pavilion.
Horns, whistles, air
horns, cymballs, or bugles are not perimitted inside the Shark Tank. Unless
the team uses it as a give away item, ThunderStix or Cow Bells are not
For the safety of
you and others, guests of HP Pavilion are not allowed to throw anything
in any part of the building. Fans refusing to follow this rule, will be
ejected from the Shark Tank and potentially be subject to arrest.
PUCKGUY'S SUGGESTION>> Of course, the one exception of this
rule is when a player scores three goals in a game. When there is a "hat
trick", the traditional throwing of the hat onto the ice is allowed.
Make sure you have a hat that you are willing to part, because you're
not getting it back! Hats are donated to special youth organizations in
the San Jose area.
Want to get a picture
of your favorite player? Warmups are the best time to do so. Warmups take
place approximately 20-30 minutes prior to game time. If you are really
nice to the ticket holders up in the first few rows, you can get some
awesome shots! If you are getting action shots, use a regular camera (not
a disposable) with 400 or 800 speed film. Make sure you have the camera
set to a sports or athletic setting. If you're getting basic shots, then
a disposable camera will do with 200 or 400 speed.
PUCKGUY'S SUGGESTION>> Want a pic with you and your favorite
player? Most players park their cars at a gate on the corner or Autumn
and West St. John streets. There is usually a gathering of fans out there
for autographs. You might be able to also get an picture. Best bet is
to get it after a win. Also, don't be mad if they drive off in a hurry.
Most of the time they either have a 7am practice the next day or on a
plane to complete back to back game nights. NOTE: NOT ALL PLAYERS EXIT
THIS WAY, so don't complain to me if you didn't see a player go by. Thanks!
There are five
men's and women's restroom facilities on the main concourse level. All
contain an exuberant amount of toilets. Both men's and women's are near
each other. Also, play-by-play of the game can be heard live inside the
PUCKGUY'S SUGGESTION>> Try avoiding the restrooms during
the intermissions. If you are near a restroom, take a chance and go during
a TV timeout.
Some of the best arena food is found at the Shark Tank. From the basic
Grillworks to Tied House to Subway to Round Table Pizza, the HP Pavilion
can fit your craving of food. TV screens are also around the food area,
so you won't miss one moment of the game. If you don't want to eat inside,
come early and eat at one of the suggested resturants and bars found nearby.
You can find a list here, or click on "Shark Tank" to get you
PUCKGUY'S SUGGESTION>> Try the Philly Cheesesteak at Grillworks
or go with a personal size pizza from Round Table.
Need that special gift for a friend? Need a Sharks
jersey? Do you need to show off your Team Teal Pride? If so, there are
souvenir stands all around the main concourse. They have everything to
t-shirts, pucks, SJ Sharkie dolls, and program vendors sit there once
the game gets underway. The Sharks store is located downstairs at the
Santa Clara Street entrance. The store is open throughout the game, and
has TV screens so you can watch if the game is on. The store is open to
the public Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm.
PUCKGUY'S SUGGESTION>> Programs are always collector's items.
They are $4 and also come with a lineup card with rosters from both teams.
Also, a player is usually on the front, which makes it a great autograph
item! If you need something for friends, best suggestion is a puck. Call
ahead to see if the Sharks store is open on days where there is an event
going on. Sometimes, the store closes early or doesn't open at all to
the public if an event is scheduled that day.