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Empire Inaugural Game Roster and New Field Turf also Unveiled

ALBANY, NY - The Albany Empire held a media day, presented by Transfinder, for the team on Monday, April 9 from 10am-11am.  The event took place in the Times Union Center on the brand new Transfinder Field.  Members of ownership, the coaching staff and the front office led a presentation to unveil the final 24-man roster, the brand new turf and team uniforms. 

The team unveiled six combinations of uniforms, which included: primary home (blue pant with orange jersey), primary away (orange pant, white jersey), alternate home #1 (orange pant, orange jersey), alternate home #2 (white pant, orange jersey), alternate road #1 (white pant, white jersey) and alternate road #2 (blue pant, white jersey).  The uniform combinations were displayed by various members of the team. The Albany Empire’s Dance Team, The Empresses, also unveiled their uniforms at the event.  

Transfinder Field will feature fresh green turf with midnight navy blue end zones with the Empire logo at mid field.  The walls will be squared off in the corners of the field with brand new navy-blue pads surrounding the field which will be covered in partner signage on game days.  The arena will have freshly painted goalposts and brand-new netting behind the end zones.

This was also the media’s first look at the Empire’s 24-man roster leading up to the team’s inaugural game on Saturday, April 14 against the two-time defending champions, Philadelphia Soul.  The full inaugural game roster can be found below.

“It’s a beautiful sight seeing everything coming together,” said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire.  “The roster is full of talented players that are hungry to win a championship and there is nothing like playing on fresh new turf with brand-new uniforms.  This field looks beautiful, the uniforms are sharp and the whole team is excited for the inaugural game, and to play in a way that will make the Capital Region proud.  The guys fought hard during camp and each of them are just eager to get the season underway.”

All day on Tuesday, April 10, the Empire will hold an open house free and open to the public from 9:30am – 7:00pm.  Throughout the open house, fans will be able to select which seats they want to witness the season in, or just for the remaining seats available for the inaugural game, as well as have any questions answered by Empire ticket representatives.  The Empire will hold their first padded practice on Transfinder Field at 10am.  Practice will be open to fans and media giving them a first in-person look at the Empire playing on Transfinder field.  Fans will also be able to walk onto the field after practice from 12pm – 7pm and take pictures.  Fans can enter the arena at the main atrium off of South Pearl Street.

Fans can secure their season tickets for the Albany Empire’s inaugural season now by calling 518-533-2200 or by going to  A team representative will contact those that purchased season tickets within 24 business hours to select their specific seats.  Tickets as low as $10 for the inaugural game are on sale for as low as $10 at!


WR Greg Carr 6'5 200 10/8/1985 4 Florida State
DL Darryl Cato-Bishop 6'4 265 1/26/1990 4 North Carolina State
OL Ryan Cave 6'5 335 5/30/1988 7 Hampton
QB Mike Fafaul 6'2 215 11/24/1992 R UCLE
DL Calvin Fance 6'1 245 10/3/1987 5 Angelo State
QB Tommy Grady 6'7 245 3/18/1985 7 Utah
OL Hayworth  Hicks 6'3 330 10/3/1988 3 Iowa State
DB Arthur Hobbs 5'10 190 11/18/1989 2 Nebraska Kearney
WR Malachi Jones 6'3 215 3/22/1994 R Appalachian State
OL Shawn Lockett 6'1 335 3/22/1995 R American International
LB Wesley Mauia 6'1 280 2/5/1986 5 Western New Mexico
DL Willie McGinnis 6'3 295 1/3/1989 5 Rhode Island
WR Douglas McNeil III 6'3 210 7/20/1988 1 Bowie State
LB Terence Moore 6'2 225 3/5/1987 7 Troy
DB Marrio Norman 6'1 205 8/10/1986 6 Coastal Carolina
OL Bret Piekarski 6'4 305 6/11/1993 1 St. Cloud State
DL Nick Seither 6'3 270 3/2/1993 2 Georgetown KY
DB Varmah Sonie 5'8 190 7/8/1990 4 Northern Iowa
K Kenny Spencer 6'1 220 10/15/1985 6 North Alabama
DB Brandon Stephens 5'11 210 12/4/1987 4 Miami OH
OL Kyle Steuck 6'3 310 7/13/1993 R Northern Michigan
DL Derrick Summers 6'1 260 6/19/1988 7 Toledo
DL Joe Sykes 6'5 265 10/22/1982 6 Southern
WR Jordan Williams 6'3 220 8/9/1994 R Edinboro

Albany Empire 2018 Inaugural Season Presented By CDPHP.

About Albany Empire

The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, The Albany Empire will begin play Saturday, April 10 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.

About Transfinder

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in intelligent transportation systems, providing transportation management systems and services to school districts, municipalities and adult care facilities. Transfinder, an Inc. magazine “fastest-growing company” for the past eleven straight years, has offices in Austin, Texas, and Shanghai, China. The software company develops and supports routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics.

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