ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?! For Albany? We’ll see.
The Arena Football League has returned back to Albany once again for the first time since 2000. The season will kick off in spring of 2018. From 1990 to 2000 the Albany Firebirds dominated the AFL, they won six division titles, made nine playoff appearances, and won the 1999 ArenaBowl championship.
The local group of business owners, George Hearst III, Dan Nolan and Ed Swyer have partnered up with the owners of the Philadelphia Soul which include some pretty big former NFL players and coaches. Ron Jaworski, Dick Vermeil, and Marques Colston came to the Capital Region for the official announcement.
“Albany will have a winner on and off the field,” said team co-owner Ron Jaworski.
For the Times Union Center this is huge since the former AHL Albany Devils departed for Binghamton back in the spring. Attendance however has always been a problem for the TU, the Albany Devils averaged 3,500 people from 2010-2017 and the stadium can hold over 17,000 people.
I think this is great for Albany. Hopefully it will draw people downtown to the newly renovated TU Center to watch a quality football game.
It’s a smart move to partner with the Philadelphia Soul because they’ve won the league championship three times in 2008, 2016, and 2017.
I’ll be there checking out a games in 2018, can’t go wrong watching people hit each other. Arena football is designed to be fast paced high scoring games, every football fans dream (when it’s good).
The best part about all of this? The team name is TBD, and they want us to choose it. Fans can go to AlbanyAFL.com and submit a team name suggestion. I have a few that I’d like the owners to consider.
- The Albany Barbarians
- The Albany Raptors (This was almost Shenendehowa’s mascot while I was in high school)
- The Albany Rush
- The Albany Warriors (Cant have enough teams named Warriors am I right?)
- The Albany Capitals (Were the Capital Region, only makes sense)
What would you name the team?
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