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Empire Release Summer Deals During Four-Game Home Stretch

The Albany Empire announce they will make summer as easy as 1,2,3 with The Empire Summer Kickoff Picnic!  Prior to the May 26 game against the Washington Valor, The Empire Summer Picnic will be held in the new Times Union Center atrium from 3-5 pm. 

The Empire Picnic will feature $1 Hotdogs, $2 popcorn, $3 sodas, $5 Bud Light drafts and a DJ playing summertime favorite hits.  All fans in attendance of the Memorial Day Weekend picnic and the May 26th game versus the Valor will also receive a set of Thunderstix, presented by Fogg’s Automotive.

“What better way to kickoff Memorial Day Weekend than with a picnic and some football!” said George Manias, Vice President of Business Operations for the Albany Empire.  “The pregame support from Empire fans has been surreal during our first two home games, so we decided to extend the Block Party by using our new Atrium at the Times Union Center and throw yet another party! We understand our fans may be weighing their options for holiday weekend plans, so we wanted to pull out all the stops and give every opportunity for fans to celebrate Memorial Day weekend with us!”

The Empire also announce a summer kickoff ticket package.  The package gives fans the option to choose from three out of the four consecutive home dates for one discounted price.  Tickets for the package are limited to the orange, green and gray sections of the arena.  All fans who take advantage of the summer kickoff ticket package will receive an Empire water bottle and an Empire drawstring bag.  Information on the summer kickoff ticket package can be found on

“Our fans are a pivotal part of our success on the field,” said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire.  “We rely on our fans to be loud and give us a true homefield advantage.  As the weather heats up outside, so will our play on the field.  Four home games in a row is a huge advantage for us and we look forward to seeing our fans pack the Times Union Center all summer long!”

This week, the Empire are on the road playing against the Washington Valor at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. on May 11 at 7 pm.  Fans can watch all the action live on or hear the game on Alt 105.7 fm.  

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About Albany Empire

The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, The Albany Empire will return home on Saturday, May 26 at the Times Union Center. Pro-rated 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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