The United States Football League announced Michigan Panthers will return to Detroit.
The league announced Detroit will serve as the host city for the team, marking 40 years since the original Michigan Panthers.
“We’re back!” said Daryl Johnston, USFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “With the help of some great partners, the USFL is making history by announcing that the Michigan Panthers have returned home in 2023 to play at Ford Field. The USFL is proud to be part of the revitalization of downtown Detroit, and we’re excited about turning up the Motown music and firing up a fan base for professional spring football in Michigan.”
It was a packed press conference filled with sports executives and city leaders championing the excitement for more sports activities downtown.
“Today’s announcement that the Michigan Panthers are coming home to play at Ford Field build on Detroit’s momentum as a sports and tourism destination,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “ This means we now have five major sports teams all playing downtown. We welcome the Michigan Panthers and USFL fans to our city and look forward to the increased foot traffic these games will generate for out downtown businesses.
Michigan Panthers is set to begin season two when the team plays its first home game at Ford Field on Sunday April 30th. Officials are excited about firing up a new sports fan base that will provide important economic impact.
It was in 1983 when the Michigan Panthers won its first championship against the Philadelphia Stars. A rivalry that will ignite again when the Panthers host the Stars this season in Detroit.