Lakewood Country Club has officially gone dark.
After the owners of the iconic strip club in California announced they would close their doors to new members, the NFL announced Friday that players from its clubs would remain open and that the NFL Players Association would work with them on a replacement venue.
The NFL and NFLPA will jointly explore opportunities to continue hosting NFL games in the Lakewood facility, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
The NFL will continue to play football at its stadium in Indianapolis, he said.
The Lakewood location is owned by the Lakewoods and has been used by the team since the 1920s.
The club’s owner, Bill O’Brien, has been a member for nearly 60 years.
It’s a major loss for Lakewood, which has been home to several NFL teams, including the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills.
The lake is the third-largest in California and is the only major lake in the state to be designated a wildlife habitat.
O’Brien has said he wanted to preserve the club as a place where people from all walks of life could hang out and have a good time, but many people said it would be better if it closed down.
“The NFL has been my biggest supporter,” said Jim DeMott, who has been the club’s president for 27 years.
“I always wanted it to be a place that was open and welcoming and a place people would come to when they wanted to hang out.”
DeMott said he hopes the NFL and the union work together to find a new home for the team.
He called it a “huge loss.”
The NFL said the club has not yet announced what its next plans are.
The league said it was not clear how long the club will remain open or when its lease would end.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.