Courthouse Partners with Oregon Blackbears Arena Football Team

Look for Oregon Blackbears players in the Clubs during their upcoming season.

We are excited to announce Courthouse will be partnering with the all-new arena football team, the Oregon Blackbears. The team will player their home games at the Salem Pavilion Arena which can host nearly 7,000 fans. The Blackbears will be part of the nationwide Arena Football League.

According to the Portland Tribune, ownership of the new franchise is led by former Oregon football star and current New York Giant Kayvon Thibodeaux. 

“Oregon is renowned for having a rabid football fanbase, so we’re absolutely thrilled to bring a new franchise to this market,” AFL commissioner Lee Hutton said in a press release. . “There’s no better person to lead the Oregon Blackbears than a true Oregon star like Kayvon who understands the fans’ insatiable appetite for success.”

Thibodeaux had a hugely successful career at the University of Oregon where he was named the Pac-12 (RIP) Defensive Player of the Year, snagged the Morris Trophy, and was voted a Unanimous All-American. The Blackbears will be lead by Head Coach Chuck Jones. Jones played college football at the University of Kansas and spent over a decade playing indoor football with numerous pacific northwest clubs.

The Arena Football League is scheduled to return in April of 2024 with a sixteen-team league who will play a 10-game regular season.

During the season, we will be excited to welcome the entire Blackbear roster into all five Courthouse locations where they will work out, recover, take classes, or even jump into a pickleball game.

Oregon Blackbear players with Courthouse Club Fitness Director Cody Crowe.

Since 1977, Courthouse Club Fitness has been the home for simple and fun in Salem and Keizer. Our five health club locations serve thousands of individuals and families living all around the Willamette Valley, with high-quality, welcoming facilities and programs like pools, childcare, swimming lessons, strength equipment, sauna and steam rooms, jiu jitsu, coffee, and the widest selection of group exercise classes of any gym in the area.

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