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Albany Will Host Washington on Saturday, July 21

ALBANY - The Albany Empire have declared a “CODE ORANGE” for the team’s home playoff game against the Washington Valor.  Albany will host Washington on in Game 2 of the first round playoff series on Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 pm at the Times Union Center.  The game will be broadcast live nationally on CBS Sports Network and on the radio on Alt 105.7 fm.

When the Empire declare a “CODE ORANGE,” the team asks all fans in attendance at the game to wear the team’s primary color, orange.  Empire players will wear the alternate home uniforms which features orange jerseys and pants.  

The 2018 Empire Playoffs are presented by SEFCU.  The first 5,000 fans at the home playoff game on July 21 will receive a special 2018 Playoff Rally Towel, sponsored by SEFCU.

“We are right where we want to be and won’t look back now,” said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire.  “Getting the top seed in the playoffs is a huge step for the organization’s inaugural season.  Our fans have been a pivotal part of our success all year long and we need them to come out in full force for the ‘CODE ORANGE’ to give us a true home field advantage and help lift us to the ArenaBowl.”

The Empire declared a “CODE ORANGE” for their second home game, a Week 4 matchup against Washington.  Over 10,000 fans showed up decked out in orange as Albany routed the Valor for the organization’s first ever victory.  

“‘CODE ORANGE’ was a huge success and played a big role in our team’s first win of our inaugural season,” said George Manias, Vice President of Business Operations.  “We want the Times Union Center to be louder than it has ever been before as we play our first ever playoff game in front of a sea of fans wearing orange!”

Saturday’s block party will begin at 3 pm and feature live music from cross generational band Cryin’ Out Loud.  Fans can wear any orange shirt to show their support, and the team will have special “CODE ORANGE” shirts as well as playoff shirts available for purchase at merchandise stands at the block party and in the arena.  “CODE ORANGE” shirts are available for pre-order online now for just $10 and the Playoff t-shirts will be $15.

The team will also host a Watch Party for Game 1 of the Playoff Series, which will be played in Washington DC on Saturday, July 14 at 7 pm.  Details, including location of the Watch Party will be announced shortly.  The Round 1 game in Washington will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Tickets for the July 21st home playoff game against the Washington Valor are on sale now at or by phone at 518-533-2200.

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About Albany Empire

The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, The Albany Empire, are back home at the Times Union Center on 7/21. Tickets for the 7/21 playoff game are on sale now. Season memberships for the inaugural 2019 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 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

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