Discover the future home of San Jose Barracuda
As you walk through the arena next year to host the San Jose Barracuda – the American Hockey League Sharks’ affiliate – you know Jon Gustafson is a true hockey player when he proudly points out a particular characteristic. : The walk from the visitor’s locker room to the ice is about three times longer than that of the Barracuda.
“Look how far it goes,” said Gustafson, senior vice president of Sharks Ice. “It’s done on purpose to give us an advantage on the home ice.”
This is something fans may never notice about the 4,200-seat arena, which is part of a $ 120 million, 200,000 square foot expansion of Sharks Ice in San Jose that in. will make the largest ice facility in North America. The project includes another recreational rink with an attached sports bar, ice level clubs and corporate suites for the arena, and 16,000 square feet of space that can be leased to another company.
By the way, naming rights for everything from the arena itself to swanky bars to clubs and possibly even bathrooms are available to Silicon Valley companies looking to market their brands.
The best part of the equation for South Bay sports fans, however, is that the arena will provide another lower-cost entertainment option in what is emerging as an eclectic sports-oriented neighborhood around South. 10th Street and Alma Avenue. In addition to Sharks Ice, you have Excite Ballpark where the San Jose Giants play, the San Jose State CEFCU Stadium, and other Spartan facilities for golf, volleyball, and softball.
During the pandemic, the state of San Jose also completed construction of a 1,500-space parking lot between Sharks Ice and the former Spartan Stadium, where fans can see another major renovation underway when the football team Mountain West champion will play against Utah State on Saturday night.
HAPPY ENDING: There is good news about the shady camphor trees on Harrison Street in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose. You may recall that residents were alarmed when most of the trees on the street – mostly planted during the construction of the neighborhood 70 years ago – were marked with removal signs by the city. At the time, a street repaving project could have resulted in the loss of trees whose roots had been cut.
But a protest ensued, followed by a street talk and a plan to repwash the street with minimal canopy disturbance. Kaitlyn Shelton, the town’s assistant arborist, emailed residents and city council member Dev Davis this month, informing them that the crews had managed to pull the edging far enough that the big roots weren’t trimmed.
“We want to see tree-lined streets like Harrison all over San Jose and make sure everyone enjoys the benefits of the trees that you and your community have described,” Shelton wrote. To that end, the city has also released a near-complete version of its community forest management plan, which is open for public comment until September 15. Check it out on sanjosecfmp.com.
ART SPEAKING: The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is hosting a trio of hour-long gatherings on August 29 for its three concluding exhibitions, with artists on hand to talk about their work. Closing shows include Ryan Carrington’s Contradictions, with a reception at 4:30 pm, and “American Tapestry Biennial 13,” with a reception at 5:30 pm.
It starts at 3:30 p.m. with artist-in-residence Corinne Okada Takara, who has hosted community workshops this summer in collaboration with Veggielution, Chopsticks Alley and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. She will talk about her project involving BioQuits, an exploration of artistic creation with mycelium, algae and bioplastics with three communities in San José: Mayfair, Little Saigon and Japantown.
Masks are mandatory and the museum will enforce its 50% capacity restrictions, so reservations are recommended. Go to www.sjquiltmuseum.org for details.