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Founded in 1991, The San Jose Sharks were the first NHL franchise based in the San Francisco Bay Area since the California Golden Seals relocated to Cleveland in 1976. From 1991 until 1993, the San Jose Sharks played at Cow Palace arena in Daly City. During its first few seasons, the team was made up mostly of minor league players and rookies. The Sharks had a terrible record those first few years, yet Sharks fans rallied behind their team.
During the 1992–93 season, the Sharks sold the most merchandise of any NHL team, bringing in $150 million. Due to the team’s commercial success, the team was able to relocate to the newly upgraded SAP Center, which is closer to the bulk of their fans. The SAP Center, nicknamed the “Shark Tank,” is where San Jose Sharks Ticket Holders still watch the team today. Fans who want to enter the “Shark Tank” can get tickets from Golden Tickets.
During the franchise’s history, the Sharks have won 1 conference championship, 1 Presidents’ Trophy, and 6 division titles. However, they’ve never managed to bring home the Stanley Cup. They came close in 2016 when they advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, but they ultimately lost to the Penguins.
Despite the team’s underwhelming record and relatively short history, San Jose Sharks Ticket Holders are diehard fans. This could be because of the camaraderie that exists between the team and their local community. San Jose locals frequently see Sharks players at stores, restaurants, and public parks. In just 25 years, the team not only represents the city, but it has become a core part of the city’s identity.