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ALBANY, NY - The Albany Empire Arena Football Team will host an open tryout on March 3 at Faith Christian Academy, located at 9307 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, Florida 32825. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., stretching starting at 9 a.m. and the tryouts immediately thereafter.

In attendance will be; Head coach Rob Keefe, Director of Football Operations Chris Thompson, Assistant Coach Les Moss and the entire Albany Empire coaching staff.

"We are excited to offer an opportunity for players to showcase their talents before the season begins and take advantage of the talent in Florida," said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire. "Florida, and the Central Florida area specifically, is a great place to find talent. Orlando has great weather in March and it will be a great destination city for players to travel to if they would like to be seen by our staff."

This will mark the second open player tryout hosted by the Albany Empire. Approximately 250 players showed up for the January 27 tryout in Clifton Park, NY. A select few were invited to a private tryout the day after for another look from the coaching staff. The tryout in Orlando will be a one-day event only.

A pre-registration fee of $65 can be applied using PayPal at before Friday, March 2 at 3 p.m. Registration after that time and the day of will require an application fee of $80 (cash or cashier's check only). A t-shirt will be included in the cost and all fees are non-refundable.

Players will be tested on their 40-yard dash time and short shuttle with other position-specific drills and one-on-ones to follow. Testing will take place on a grass surface - please bring appropriate workout gear and shoes/cleats. The tryout will take place outdoors, rain or shine. All positions will be evaluated in tryouts- QB, WR, FB, DB, LB, DL & OL and K. A trainer will be on hand for emergencies only - not for player taping.

"We want to offer another chance for potential players to showcase their skills," said Keefe. "We are building a great team and no stone will be left unturned. If you think you have what it takes to play professional football at a high level, then you need to get in front of us."

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About Albany Empire

The Arena Football League's newest franchise, The Albany Empire 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 Empire 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, Philadelphia, 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.

About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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