Oakland’s indoor football team is moving to San Jose and becoming the Bay Area Panthers

Published Aug 16, 2021 by Silicon Valley Business Journal

Without ever playing an official game in its home city, the Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League announced Monday the team is moving to San Jose and changing its name.

The 17,562-seat SAP Center already plays host to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League and the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, which owns both teams and manages the arena, said in a news release he’s happy to have another team playing there.

“We are prepared to host live events with fans and spectators in attendance in a safe and healthy environment,” he said. “We look forward to hosting the Panthers and its fan base.”

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