Football, or "pigskin," originally a pork byproduct, has become America's most popular pork-related pastime after recently topping baseball—a byproduct of sausage races. Commemorate sport’s other meat with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get one lower-end-zone non-club ticket to the San Jose SaberCats arena football season opener on Friday, March 11 at the HP Pavilion (a $16 value).
Returning to the indoor gridiron for their 15th season, the three-time ArenaBowl-champions, the San Jose SaberCats, take on defending AFL champs the Spokane Shock in a game sure to supply football fans with their required ration of fast-paced, high-scoring, pigskin-based action. ArenaBowl veteran quarterback Mark Grieb re-dons his green-and-gold SaberCats jersey to lead the offense with pinpoint accuracy, a strong throwing arm, and by cooking scrambled eggs in the pre-snap huddle. Between plays the Saberkittens cheerleaders can be counted on to amuse the crowd. Housed in the HP Pavilion, which also serves as home to the NHL's San Jose Sharks, the SaberCats will dispense commemorative T-shirts to the first 5,000 fans who show up. Seats in this area are pre-assigned for Groupon customers, so please purchase tickets in one transaction if you wish to be seated with your group.
- They put on a great show that is exciting to watch, and honestly, is just as fun for me as going to see MLB/NFL games. – Bryan M., Yelp, 2/17/11
- love going to these games, fast paced, fun, exciting, and the sabercats continuously put out a championship caliber squad ever since the beginning! – sean h., Yelp, 7/26/08
San Jose SaberCats
The San Jose SaberCats were a part of professional sports history even before they stepped on the field. On October 26, 1994, San Jose, along with four other cities, earned the approval of the Arena Football League to create an expansion franchise. The five-team expansion was one of the largest seen in American professional sports; not since the NHL added six teams in 1967 had a league experienced such growth. They chose the SaberCats moniker to pay homage to the large prehistoric predators known to stalk the hills of California in search of mankind's first dentists.
With a heated fan base behind them, the SaberCats refused to let that first headline be their sole achievement. Under head coach Todd Shell, the 1995 SaberCats went on to win eight games and their division as an expansion team, a feat no other AFL team has repeated. Since then, the boys in green have launched the careers of many notable players and won three ArenaBowl championships, the most recent in 2007.