As excited as hockey fans are to see the San Jose Sharks hosting an outdoor game this year, the entire Bay Area is excited to see how the game will impact the community.
Not only will the California hockey scene be witnessed across the U.S. and Canada, but any and all success factors pertaining to the event could open the doors for further such games in Northern California.
The NHL pays attention to the cities that are successful in hosting such events and won’t shy away from returning to an area for a second game. It is definitely a make or break moment. Whether the event goes great or goes badly, the NHL will know whether the area is able to host another outdoor game, or another type of event.
Apparently the decision to play at Levi’s Stadium over AT&T Park was based on the larger facility. “This game is about our fan base,” Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said. “Our fan base has been supporting us through the years, through good times and through bad times, and they’ve been very consistent, loyal and emotional about their support. We wanted to have as many people as possible to have the ability to attend this game. Going to a 68,500-seat stadium afforded us that opportunity. We thought that was a positive.” By the time February rolls around, there is no doubt that the majority of kinks surrounding the operations of Levi’s Stadium will be sorted out.
The Stadium Series couldn’t have come at a better time. The Sharks have had their struggles lately, and many expect them to continue into the new season. This game is exactly what fans need to remind them exactly why they have been so loyal to the Sharks franchise.
Another newsworthy item to discuss would be the ticket prices for the game. Many tickets have already been purchased by season ticket holders and the average price looks to be $150. The total price range will be from $65 to $350. With all things considered, these prices really aren’t too terrible.