Kelly Park, Spartan Stadium, Sharks Ice at San Jose and SJ Muni Stadium

Introduction and Disclaimer

Bordered by Senter Rd., Keyes St., South 7th St., and Phelan Avenue lies San Jose’s unofficial “sports district.” This area of San Jose is the site of:

The purpose of this guide is to give you public transit options to the area as an alternative to parking hassles, high gas prices, and traffic gridlock in and around the area. For major sporting events in the area, please try to get to the event 90 minutes before the start of the event, to allow for security measures.

Read the current fares for the VTA buses here.  When boarding any VTA bus, please have exact fare ready to speed boarding and speed the trip. Riding VTA light rail?  Please make sure you have a ticket or day pass which you can purchase from vending machines at any VTA light rail station throughout the system. For specific information about VTA bus services, system maps, and fares, contact VTA at (408)321-2300.

You are strongly advised to call VTA before going to the event, in case there are street closures around the area that will affect where the buses will stop and when they will run. This guide assumes no street closures around the area before, during, and after the event takes place.

This guide was created as a public service from the Silicon Valley Transit Users, a grassroots-based non-profit organization of citizens concerned about public transit in Silicon Valley. We are not affiliated with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in any form whatsoever. VTA has not endorsed this guide nor have they provided any assistance whatsoever with this guide. For specific information about VTA services, system maps, and fares, please contact VTA at (408)321-2300.

Our group is not responsible for anything that occurs on VTA buses or trains, or on any public or private property as a result of use of this guide.

Area Map

VTA Buses Serving the Kelley Park Area

VTA Bus line 25 De Anza College/Valley Medical Center to Alum Rock light rail station (west-east route). Closest stops to “sports district” are 10th & Keyes as well as 7th & Keyes. Walk 1.5 blocks south to Spartan Stadium and Sharks Ice at San Jose.

If you are going to Sharks Ice, walk south for two blocks to Alma Avenue. Sharks Ice is the white factory-like building with the word “ICE” on the front, diagonally across the street from Spartan Stadium and behind right field at Municipal Stadium.

If headed to Municipal Stadium, get off at Keyes and Senter. Walk one long block southbound on Senter until you reach Alma Street. The “Muni” is at the corner.

VTA Bus Line 73 Downtown San Jose – Capitol Expressway & Snell (north-south route). Stop closest to Spartan Stadium is Alma & Senter (in front of San Jose Municipal Stadium – home of the San Jose Giants minor league baseball team). Walk one (1) block west to Spartan Stadium or Sharks Ice (the white building behind right field of Municipal Stadium).

The 73 bus connects you to VTA Light Rail along 1st and 2nd streets in Downtown San Jose at James St., Santa Clara St., and at Paseo De San Antonio – within walking distance of Downtown San Jose’s hotels.

VTA Bus Line 66 Santa Teresa Hospital-Milpitas and Line 68 Gilroy-San Jose Caltrain Station (southbound and northbound). If travelling to downtown San Jose, the 66 or 68 buses northbound is the best way back to downtown San Jose.

The 25 bus also serves the Tamien Light Rail station for connections to VTA Light Rail to South San Jose, Downtown San Jose, San Jose Airport area, North San Jose, Milpitas, Cisco, Great America Theme Park, the northern portions of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, and downtown Mountain View. You can also connect at Tamien to Caltrain if you are coming from the Peninsula or San Francisco. Be advised: on weekdays, the last Caltrain northbound to the Peninsula and San Francisco from Tamien station departs at 8:45pm.

For Events Ending After 10pm

If the event ends early and barring any delays, some VTA buses are still running which allow you to get home (or to your hotel) safely.

For instance, the 25 bus line on Story Road and the 68 bus line along Monterey Highway runs until 11:00pm.  Contact VTA at (408)321-2300 for more specific end running times.

Conclusion

We hope this guide helps you beat the traffic gridlock, high gas prices, and parking hassles in traveling to San Jose’s sports facilities outside the downtown area. Imagine the money you save on parking that you can spend on concessions and food. We hope you have fun!

 

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