Sharks, college hoops teams could return home after Santa Clara County eases restrictions

Santa Clara County officials joined the state in lifting stay-at-home orders Monday, potentially paving the way for the Sharks and the county’s college basketball teams to return home in the near future.

“We were encouraged to see new health directives issued today, which provide a road map to allow contact sports to resume in Santa Clara County,” the Sharks said in a statement. “We are reviewing the directive in hope that we can bring our players and staff home as soon as possible. Furthermore, we will continue to offer our support to the county in their efforts against the pandemic.”

The Sharks are scheduled to have their first two “home” games of the season Monday and Feb. 3 against Vegas in Glendale, Ariz. It’s unclear whether those games would be moved to SAP Center. After the Feb. 3 game, the Sharks’ next home date is Feb. 13 against Anaheim.

San Jose is 3-3 and will complete its season-opening road trip with games Tuesday and Thursday at Colorado.

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Monday’s easing of health restrictions also could impact the basketball programs at Stanford, San Jose State and Santa Clara. Men’s and women’s teams at Stanford have been playing home games at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, home of the Warriors’ G League team.

The Stanford men are scheduled to play their next four games on the road before hosting Cal — either at Maples Pavilion or in Santa Cruz —…

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