Sharks Look To Preserve SAP Center Amid Google Construction
The Sharks have emailed fans "asking for help in preserving 'the future'" of SAP Center, as Google's plans for its downtown San Jose project are being scheduled and signs are "about to go up at SAP Center parking lots telling hockey fans their favorite parking places may disappear into the construction rubble," according to Jody Meacham of the SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL. The Sharks said that their email is "not a threat to leave the city." Sharks co-President John Tortora said, "We have no intention of relocating or moving the franchise. This is all about making sure the arena remains viable." He added, "We want to be able to make sure that as we're going through this, the SAP Center remains protected and viable and that we have good partners." Meacham noted the team has two lawsuits pending that "could hold up BART construction downtown, one against the VTA and one against the Federal Transit Administration, alleging that promises for a parking garage are not being fulfilled and that construction impacts are not fully mitigated in current plans" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/11).