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Bay Area Panthers

Using the power of football to lift up and grow the community of Oakland


Be part of a new sports legacy in Oakland owned by an NFL legend and an Entertainment Entrepreneur
Co-Owner Marshawn Lynch is committed to the team - his high profile drives awareness and fan support
Give the gift of ownership of the Town's professional football team to a family member
As a shareholder you are not just investing in football, you're buying a piece of Oakland history
Oakland is renowned for its sports fans and passion for football
Oakland Arena, home of the Oakland Panthers, is a world-class sports and entertainment venue
With committed owners, high caliber coaching staff and front office management, this is a winning team
The IFL is a successful league and growing - 13 teams this season and potentially 16 teams in 2021

Our Team

Let's keep Football in Oakland! The Oakland Panthers are here to stay and lead the way in Oakland with a sports team that’s built for players, fans, and the community. Join me as an owner and together we can make sure when the Team wins, da’ Town wins.

Panthers Rising - Building A Professional Football Team for Oakland

Oakland Arena Press Conference Announcing the Oakland Panthers - September 2019

The Oakland Panthers are a professional indoor football team based in Oakland, California. A member of the Indoor Football League, the Oakland Panthers were set to kick off their inaugural season at Oakland Arena on March 14th, 2020. The Oakland Panthers are co-owned by Oakland native and former NFL All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch and by entertainment entrepreneur Roy Choi, who also owns the IFL's Cedar Rapids River Kings and San Diego Strike Force. The vision of the team is to provide Oakland with exciting, family-friendly, affordable professional football.

Inaugural Season - Canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

“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."

After six months of dedicated work building a strong team of players, coaches, and front office staff - a highly anticipated inaugural season was set to kick-off March 14, 2020. Seats were filled with passionate Panther fans, signage installed around the arena for the many local and national businesses committed to founding sponsorships, TV and radio partners were wired and ready to broadcast games to fans locally and nationally, and a team of 25 athletes wearing black, white, and gold were ready to step onto the black field and make history in Oakland...then the whistle blew on sports around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oakland Panthers were ready to “HIT DIFFERENT” in 2020.  Sponsors, valued partners, fans, and a community all excited to welcome their new professional team. With great disappointment, the IFL 2020 season was canceled on April 13, 2020, and the Oakland Panthers inaugural season was delayed to 2021. The silver lining for the Oakland Panthers is they are more than ready to play and the enthusiasm, support, and determination of this team and the Oakland community will position the team stronger for success in their inaugural season in 2021.

Panthers Rising - The 2020 Season Timeline

Oakland Arena, Home of The Oakland Panthers - Announced September 2019

The Panthers are Oakland's first indoor football team, as well as the Bay Area's first since the San Jose SaberCats, who played in the Arena Football League from 1995 until 2008, and again from 2011 until 2015, winning four Arena Bowl Championships.

"Oakland has always been a hub for passionate sports fans, and lots of Oaklanders grew up cheering for their hometown teams," stated Oakland Panthers Team President, Scott McKibben, "As we launch the Oakland Panthers, it is important that games be accessible family entertainment where parents can create lasting memories with their kids at a reasonable price for a family outing."

Team Tryouts - Fall / Winter 2020

The Oakland Panthers coaching staff take to the road to build their 40-man roster during the fall/winter of 2019. Kicking-off the tryouts at Oakland Technical High School, and ending in Austin, Texas - over 1,000 hopeful Oakland Panthers tryout for the team.

Oakland Panthers First Player Singings - October 2019

At their practice facility in Livermore, the Oakland Panthers sign their first seven players.

Oakland Panthers Inaugural Season Tickets On Sale - December 2019

Committing to their promise of affordable family entertainment, tickets start at $15 with front row tickets costing $95.

Committed to the Community

The Oakland Panthers are committed to their Community - owners, coaches, players, and front office staff dedicate many hours to support non-profit organizations in Oakland and the East Bay. From Turkey distribution to Toy drives, the Panthers are present in the lives of their fans.

Training Camp - February 2020

All 40-signed players arrive in Livermore to the Oakland Panthers training facility.  A 10-day training camp identifies the final 25-man roster. As part of the team's commitment to their players, all 25 players are housed and fed locally throughout the four-month season.

Dance Team Auditions - Building the Panther Pack, February 2020

Under the leadership of Dance Team Director, Simmone Miller, a two-day dance team audition resulted in a 17 member Oakland Panthers Dance Team. This was an important addition to the franchise, all dance team members not only entertain on game day, but they also represent the team at many community events and sponsor appearances.


Sponsors  The marketing and sponsorship team at the Oakland Panthers are a seasoned group of executives who have worked in the Bay Area sports and media industry for over 25 years. Sponsors signing for the inaugural season included; Stanford Medicine, Kia, Fremont Ford, Modelo, Coors, Blue Moon, FitPro, Freeman Insurance, Porky's Pizza, and many more. A testimony to the business communities’ excitement and support for the Oakland Panthers.

Promotional Partners  Partnerships are key to reaching out to the community, driving awareness and excitement. The Oakland Panthers have formed many promotional partnerships, a key one being BART. The Bartable service encourages families to take public transport to the Oakland Arena, making events accessible and affordable. BART heavily promotes the Oakland Panther's as a Bartable event, promoting tickets sales on station billboards, electronic signage, and social media and regularly running contests and promotions.

Media Partners  The Oakland Panthers signed TV and Radio deals for their inaugural season with CBS-KPIX Channel 5/ CBCW and KNBR/Ticket 1050. All 7 home games were to be televised live on the CW and all 14 games broadcast live on The Ticket 1050. All IFL games are also live-streamed on the IFL YouTube Channel.

"We Hit Different" Branding Campaign - February 2020

The unique swagger of Oakland is captured in a gritty, creative branding campaign. The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the team and driving ticket sales. The Oakland Panthers "We Hit Different" branding campaign is featured on TV, Radio, Social Media, Posters, Postcards, Pocket Schedules, and banners across Oakland and the East Bay.

We Hit Different TV Spot

We Hit Different Radio Spot

Uniform Reveal and Team Merchandise, March 2020

The Oakland Panthers partnered with Phenom Elite for their 2020 Home and Away Uniform and Official Merchandise. Local TV covered the highly anticipated uniform reveal that was also live-streamed on social media. Team merchandise and replica game day jersey sales generate year-round revenue for the Oakland Panthers. Owner Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode clothing line also features Oakland Panthers' lifestyle clothing online and in their downtown Oakland store.

Game Day Ready

With just over 24 hours until kick-off, the Oakland Panthers inaugural game at Oakland Arena was canceled. The 2020 season may be over for the Oakland Panthers but fans, sponsors and season ticket holders are ready for March 2021 when the Oakland Panthers will be back to make history in Oakland.

Inaugural Season Kicks-off March 13, 2021

"We Own Different"

Be part of making history in Oakland by owning your share of The Oakland Panthers...

We Are Ready To Roar in 2021...


Our Season Ticket holders are loyal to the Oakland Panthers, 65% (TBD) of 2020 Season Ticket Holders have already rolled-over their Tickets to the 2021 season.