Playing in front of approximately 68,500 fans in a state-of-the-art outdoor venue is intriguing to the San Jose Sharks for reasons that go beyond ticket sales and setting attendance records for hockey games played in California.
"There is a halo effect that happens when you host these games," Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said.
Tortora was talking about the aftershocks teams can experience because of their participation as the host club in one of the marquee events on the NHL's regular-season calendar. The Sharks are hoping to reap those rewards now that the NHL has officially announced San Jose will host the Los Angeles Kings in a 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Levi's Stadium on Feb. 21, 2015.
Levi's Stadium, located in Santa Clara, Calif., is the new home for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. It is located approximately 8.5 miles from SAP Center, the Sharks' home arena.