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NAL's Albany Franchise to Bring the Empire back to the Times Union Center

October 6, 2020 - National Arena League (NAL) - Albany Empire News Release

ALBANY- Albany NAL are excited to announce that the team name has been selected. THE ALBANY EMPIRE RETURN!

"It has been one of the most exciting thrills of my professional career acquiring the Albany Empire. We would like to thank the National Arena League, its owners and the city of Albany for their patience and dedication. We look forward to returning to the Capital Region an continuing the amazing winning tradition that has been laid before us, " said Ron Tridico, Owner, Albany Empire.

The Albany Empire will be part of the National Arena League (NAL), which currently consists of 9 teams. The season is set to being in April 2021, and season tickets are on sale now! The Albany Empire had a winning record of 22-7 from 2018-2019, most notably winning ArenaBowl XXXII in front of 12,000 fans and a nationally televised audience.

"I am very excited that I will once again be Head Coach of the Albany organization called the Albany Empire. The Empire name is synonymous with winning and excitement, exclaimed Rob Keefe, Head Coach Albany Empire. "We are going do everything possible to win games and continue the awesome culture for Albany and the Capital Region."

"We are excited to welcome back the Albany Empire," said Bob Belber, SMG General Manager of Times Union Center. "With the enthusiastic leadership of the ownership group and front office, as well as the incredibly talented coaching staff, I know the caliber of players will be top notch, and that Coach Keefe will make sure the product on the field is just as good as it has been in the past. The Empire Returns!"

"After a stunning victory in ArenaBowl XXXII with over 12,000 fans watching, it's only right that the Albany County's home team return with the same name," said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. "With Head Coach Keefe and Assistant Head Coach Moss returning as well, I know the new Albany Empire will be a force to reckon with in the National Arena League."

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