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ALBANY, NY - The Albany Empire Arena Football Team has announced that individual tickets to the historic inaugural game will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, February 28 at 12 pm. Tickets for the April 14 matchup vs defending AFL champions, the Philadelphia Soul, can be purchased online, over the phone or in person.

The Albany Empire offers a variety of seats ranging from the field level to the upper bowl. Each seat offers a unique experience for fans, with an up close and personal view at a great value.

"The moment the Capital Region has been waiting for has finally arrived! Individual game tickets for our inaugural season home opener are now available, so get your seats while they last!" said George Manias, Vice President of Business Operations for The Albany Empire. "With tickets as low as $15, we want to give fans an affordable opportunity to enjoy the fast-paced entertaining action of arena football, while witnessing history."

In addition to the re-launch of the Arena Football block parties, presented by Miller Lite and Heineken, the Empire will pay tribute to the Albany Firebirds, the last AFL team to have been housed in the Times Union Center, by raising their 1999 ArenaBowl Championship banner. Former Firebird, "Touchdown" Eddie Brown will be honored by having his number (17) retired as part of the pre-game festivities. More details and special events surrounding the inaugural game will be announced as the date gets closer.

"We can't wait to step on the field in front of a packed Times Union Center," said head coach Rob Keefe. "The energy in that place is going to be off the charts."

Don't miss your opportunity to witness history as Arena Football returns to Albany! Fans can secure their single game tickets for the Albany Empire's inaugural game at Also available are 2018 season tickets, flex packs, group outings and inaugural game family 4 packs at 518-533-2200 or at!

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About Albany Empire

The Arena Football League's newest franchise, The Albany Empire will begin play on April 14, 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Instagram.

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