The Panthers’ practice program — amounting to about 25 players, eight coaches and the operational headquarters — will be moved to Morgan Hill for the season that lasts from March through August, according to an announcement from city officials.
“This partnership is possible thanks to a collaboration between Visit Morgan Hill, the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, and the City of Morgan Hill,” said Chris Ghione, Morgan Hill’s public services director. “We are thrilled to have the Bay Area Panthers choose Morgan Hill for their practice location and are honored to support the Panthers for a successful season.”
The Bay Area Panthers, who practiced at Robertson Park in Livermore last year, are set to play 15 games this year, with seven home games at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Morgan Hill residents will have the chance to meet the team’s head coach later this month, the city announced last week. Bay Area Panthers head coach Darren Arbet will attend a free “Meet the Coach” event on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. At the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center at 17000 Monterey Highway.
The Indoor Football League is the largest and most prominent indoor football league in the United States, according to the city announcement.
Site tours and negotiations with the Bay Area Panthers began in in October with facilitation from Visit Morgan Hill, the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center and the city’s Recreation and Economic Development departments.
The team and staff will be using the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center fields and parking lot, Aquatics Center, Centennial Recreation Center, hotels, meeting spaces, apartments and office space.