Oakland Panthers to go dormant for the 2021 season

by David Edelman

Oakland Panthers to go dormant for the 2021 season

The “We Hit Different” Crew Will Prepare for 2022

OAKLAND, CA --

Due to the significant economic repercussions and uncertainties caused by COVID-19, the Oakland Panthers have decided not to play in the upcoming IFL 2021 season. As the economic situation develops in the coming months, the team intends to prepare for a return for the 2022 season.

As we continue to navigate an unprecedented period of uncertainty in sports history, we know that our team, our community, and our fans will emerge stronger than ever. Oakland is still Oakland. The Bay is still the Bay. While this postponement is disappointing to many fans, players, and coaches, the Panthers will work hard to return in 2022. We have been profoundly moved by all the positive support the Panthers have continued to receive from the Oakland community, and we remain unwavering in our mission to keep professional football in the Town.

“Oakland has always been a hub for passionate sports fans, and we are focused on making the Panthers a hometown favorite,” said Panthers owner Roy Choi. “When we launched the Oakland Panthers last September, it was important that games be safe, accessible, family entertainment where parents create lasting memories with their families at an affordable price. We ask for everyone’s support as we look forward to our 2022 season.”

“We want to thank our fans, sponsors, our dedicated staff, coaches and players, our Oakland Panthers Dance Team, and our media partners The KBCW 44/Cable 12 and KNBR 1050,” said Team President Scott McKibben. “We hope to be back in 2022 to compete for a league championship.”


Founded in 2008, the IFL is the longest continuously operating professional indoor football league in the country, now with 14 teams in the league.  More information on the Indoor Football League can be found at www.GoIFL.com


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