Oakland Panthers to Return in 2021
OAKLAND, CA -Â Today, the Indoor Football League canceled its 2020 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oakland Panthers were to join the Indoor Football League (IFL) this spring. The season, which was set to begin March 14, was previously postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. The team was founded by Professional Football legend and Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch, along with Roy Choi, an entertainment and gaming entrepreneur.
"While we are intensely saddened that we will not play our Inaugural Season this year, we recognize this is a moment bigger than football. We pray for the health of our entire Bay Area community," said Co-Founder Roy Choi. "We look forward to building the future of Oakland football when we kick off our Inaugural Season in 2021. In the meantime, we will continue our commitment to give back," he added.
The IFL's Board of Directors also on Monday approved an extended 16-game schedule for the 2021 season to add additional value for season ticket holders and sponsors. Fans who purchased tickets for the 2020 season will be able to obtain refunds through their point of purchase (Ticketmaster, arena box office, etc.).
"We want to thank our fans, sponsors, our dedicated coaches, the hundreds of athletes who tried out, our final roster members, our Oakland Panthers Dance Team, and our media partners The KBCW 44/Cable 12 and KNBR 1050," said Team President Scott McKibben.
McKibben added, "Oakland has always been a hub for passionate sports fans, and lots of Oaklanders grew up cheering for their hometown teams. As we launched the Oakland Panthers, it was important that games be accessible, family entertainment where parents create lasting memories with their kids at a reasonable price. We will be back to provide great entertainment for our fansÂ and we look forward to welcoming back our loyal fans and supporters for our 2021 season."
Head Coach Kurt Bryan said, "Keeping our players, coaches, and staff healthy and safe has been paramount since this pandemic began. I fully support the IFL in its decision to cancel the 2020 season, and now, with ample time to ramp up for our inaugural 2021 season, I know that the passionate football fans in Oakland and the Bay Area will make the Oakland Arena come roaring back to life in support of the Panthers!"
Oakland Panthers' official merchandise will continue to be available online here.
Founded in 2008, the IFL is the longest continuously operating professional indoor football league in the country.
The Oakland Panthers were set to play seven games at home in the Oakland Arena and seven on the road between March and June 2020.
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