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Albany Arena Football team announces name
Albany Times Union

At times, it seemed like a good old-fashioned revival meeting at the downtown Palace Theatre Tuesday night.

An Empire is Unleashed in Albany
Ryan McCarthy, ArenaFan.com

As if it were Christmas Day, the anticipation and excitement was palpable as the Albany AFL announced the team brand on Tuesday night at the Palace Theater. Season ticket holders and VIPs were invited to witness the unveiling of a new era in Albany’s Arena Football history. The big reveal was made in a video clip shortly after the presentation began.

Albany Empire Announced as AFL Team Name and Logo
Albany Empire Press Release

Albany AFL today announce the Albany Empire as the new name for the new Arena Football League (AFL) team in Albany. The Albany Empire represents the home team for the Capital of New York, the Empire State along with the power needed to be successful in the tough, fast-paced sport of Arena Football.

Albany AFL Opens its Doors
Ryan McCarthy, ArenaFan.com

Seventeen years after it left, Ron Jaworski declared on Tuesday evening, “Professional football is back in Albany!” This declaration was made in front of a few hundred in attendance at the Albany AFL Open House at the Times Union Center. Season pass holders were invited to the event to mingle with team ownership, the coaching staff, and Arena Football legend “Touchdown” Eddie Brown.

Buzz grows for football return
Albany Times Union

Honestly, "Touchdown" Eddie Brown can't remember the last time he set foot in Times Union Center. He was there Tuesday night, reliving the cheers he used to get as a member of the Arena League's Albany Firebirds back in the day.

Albany AFL Names Les Moss as Assistant Head Coach
Albany AFL Press Release

Albany AFL announce that four-time Arena Football League Champion, Les Moss, has been named as the team's assistant head coach effective immediately.

Albany AFL Announce Open House Event at Times Union Center
Albany AFL Press Release

The Arena Football League’s newest team will host an Open House event, presented by Recovery Room Sports Grill, at the Times Union Center on Tuesday, December 5 from 5pm - 8pm. This first public event for the team will be free to the public, including free parking at the Times Union Center Garage (off Market Street).

Albany AFL Names Chris Thompson Director of Football Operations
Albany AFL Press Release

Albany AFL announces that it has named Chris Thompson as Director of Football Operations for the team. Chris will also serve as the Offensive Coordinator for the team during the season. Per league and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

Vote For the Albany AFL Team Name on TimesUnion.com
Albany AFL Press Release

The NEW Albany Arena Football team is proud to announce that it has narrowed down the options for the name of the team to four choices: Albany Phoenix, Albany Empire, Albany Machine and Albany Fire.

Albany AFL Names Rob Keefe as Head Coach
Albany AFL Press Release

Albany AFL announce that two-time Arena Football League Champion, Rob Keefe, has been named as the team’s head coach effective immediately. Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

Albany AFL Names George Manias Vice President, Business Operations
Albany AFL Press Release

Albany AFL announce that veteran sports executive George Manias has been named Vice President, Business Operations for Albany AFL and will run the day-to-day business operations for the team.

Skodnick: Albany can recapture AFL glory days with new team
Albany Times Union

It was broadcast live on ABC, and for the 13,652 fans who packed into the then-Pepsi Arena on Aug. 21, 1999, it was then and may still be one of the biggest sporting events in Albany's history.

The Arena Football League Returns to Albany
Albany AFL Press Release

The Arena Football League (AFL) will return to Albany, NY, with the team beginning play at the Times Union Center starting in the spring of 2018. The soon-to-be-named team marks the first time the city has been represented in the AFL since they left the market in 2000. The Arena Football League, founded in 1987, will be entering its 31st season of play in 2018.

It's official: Arena Football League returning to Times Union Center
Albany Times Union

Arena Football, the sport conceived on the back of an envelope that was played at the Times Union Center for 19 seasons, will return to the Capital Region next spring.

Albany Arena Football League team to be unveiled Tuesday
Albany Times Union

A local ownership group will announce the return of Arena Football to Albany on Tuesday.

Arena football ready for another Capital Region touchdown
WNYT

It looks like arena football is close to coming back to the Capital Region.

Arena Football League in negotations to return to Albany
Albany Times Union

A deal that will return the Arena Football League to Times Union Center after an 18-year absence is in the works, multiple sources confirmed Thursday.

Baltimore Brigade says it has sold 500 season tickets
Baltimore Sun

Washington Valor announce Coaching Staff
Washington Valor Press Release

Washington Valor head coach Dean Cokinos announced his football operations staff today. Benji McDowell, Cos Dematteo and Steve Thonn will serve as assistant coaches to Cokinos during the Valor’s inaugural season presented by MedStar Health.

Times Union Center eyeing return of Arena Football, indoor lacrosse
Albany Times Union