Could the San Jose Sharks really leave the Shark Tank?
Yesterday, the organization posted an open letter to fans and supporters voicing their concerns about the construction of the Google downtown village project, which they fear could force them to leave the SAP Center.
In the letter, Team Teal says they are concerned about three areas the project will impact: street access, sufficient parking and construction impacts.
“For more than a year, we have been sharing our concerns with you regarding the proposed, massive development projects within the Diridon area of downtown San Jose, which surrounds SAP Center,” the Sharks said in a letter to fans and supporters, urging them to contact city officials to voice support for the team.
Team President Jonathan Becher said on social media that the move would be a last resort, and the Sharks are supportive of the development projects. But he added the number and scale of the projects pose safety concerns for fans.
“We definitely do not want to leave,” Becher said. “This is our home. This is where we want to be. Leaving is the last resort. But it could come to that if the arena becomes unviable.”
Mayor Sam Liccardo said he’s confident both sides can come together.
“I am confident that nothing we do will in any way hasten the departure of the franchise from the city,” he said.