Since the San Jose Sharks made their debut in San Jose in 1993-94 season, downtown San Jose and the area surrounding the “Shark Tank” is filled with activity as fans in teal and black arrive to cheer on their team.
Drivers can expect traffic leading to the Pavilion, located at 525 W Santa Clara Street. However, there are plenty of public-transportation options for those who want to avoid potential traffic jams.
By VTA: Local bus routes that offer transportation to and from the HP Pavilion include the 22, 63, 64 and 68 lines. In addition, the DASH (a free shuttle) makes a round near the arena along Santa Clara Street. For those planning on taking light rail, the Mountain View-Winchester line stops at the San Fernando light rail station, which is a short walk to the HP Pavilion.
By Caltrain: Diridon Station is located adjacent to the Shark Tank, making it a great option for attendees from San Francisco and the Peninsula. Caltrain is also an option for East Bay attendees who can access Caltrain at the Millbrae station. Weekday trains stop usually stop service at 10:30pm, but service is sometimes extended to 10:40pm if trains run late.
By Car: Drivers should allow plenty of time before games due to traffic to avoid delays due to congestion. San Jose is connected to San Francisco (north) by two major freeways, US-101 and Interstate 280, both of which can be taken right into downtown. From the East Bay, use I-880 or I-680 south into downtown. On-site parking is located at the HP Pavilion’s A,B,C and D lots located along W Santa Clara Street adjacent to the arena. Off-site parking facilities include the Cahill Lots also along W Santa Clara Street, in addition to the Santa Clara lot located under the State Route 87 along Santa Clara Street.