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Albany AFL Announce Open House Event at Times Union Center

Tuesday November 21, 2017

 Special Guest “Touchdown” Eddie Brown will be in Attendance

ALBANY, NY - 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).

“We couldn’t be more excited to host our first public event to show our fans first-hand the type of organization we are putting in place”, said Albany AFL Vice President of Business Operations George Manias. “The excitement we have received from the marketplace since our launch is encouraging and we want to showcase our game, our vision, our staff and our commitment to the community. A special thank you to BBL Hospitality and the Recovery Room, for sponsoring this event and becoming the first partners with our organization.”


In addition to Albany and Arena Football Legend “Touchdown” Eddie Brown, Albany AFL Ownership including Ron Jaworski and Marques Colston, Head Coach Rob Keefe, Director of Football Operations Chris Thompson and team executives will be in attendance.

As part of the Open House, there will be a “select-a-seat” event where fans can choose their season tickets on the spot. Those who have secured their season tickets, either through advance purchase or through purchase at the event, will receive a commemorative 2018 Inaugural Season Credential which will give them access to the floor area for a “meet and greet” with our special guests in attendance from 5:00pm - 6:30pm, as well as food and beverage discounts including free popcorn, $1 hot dogs and soft pretzels, $2 canned soda and bottled water, and $3 canned beer.

At 6:30pm, Eddie, Ron, Marques, Coach Keefe and more will address all fans in attendance and talk about the upcoming season. Starting at 7:00pm, Coach Keefe will host an Arena Football 101 on the floor area to give a refresher crash course to former fans, and an introduction to the game for new Arena Football fans.

After the event, fans are encouraged to head to the Recovery Sports Bar and Grill located at 62 New Scotland Road in Albany, near the Albany Medical Center and join Eddie, Albany AFL ownership including Ron Jaworski and Marques Colston, coaches and staff. There will also be food and drink specials available as our guests mingle with fans and welcome them to the new Albany AFL family.

The Recovery Sports Grill is a sports-themed restaurant group founded in 2007 as the Recovery Room Sports Grill: a single location across from the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. The independently owned and operated company is a division of the Albany-based BBL Hospitality and BBL Companies.

BBL Hospitality is a multi-brand hotel and restaurant company that owns, operates, and develops facilities along the east coast of the United States. The company owns 17 hotels under various flagships, and 12 Recovery Sports Grill sports-themed restaurants, with locations throughout New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. BBL Hospitality also offers third-party management solutions to hotel owners.

About Albany AFL
The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, Albany AFL will begin play in Spring 2018 at the Times Union Center. Season memberships for the inaugural 2018 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany AFL sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to Follow the team on Facebook at and Twitter at

About Arena Football League
The Arena Football League will enter its 31st Season in 2018. Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. Teams slated for 2018 include: Albany, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week, culminating with the ArenaBowl. The AFL launched AFLNow, the League’s streaming “Over-the-Top” network to give fans even more access to the League on For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball).

About Times Union Center
Albany's Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the The Times Union Center is "Upstate New York's Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world's largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year.