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ALBANY– The Albany Empire Arena Football Team announced today that they will host an open tryout on Saturday, October 27 at Sportsplex at Halfmoon located at 6 Corporate Drive, Clifton Park NY 12065. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and tryouts will begin at 9 a.m.

In attendance will be Empire Head Coach Rob Keefe, along with the entire Albany Empire coaching staff.

“We saw firsthand the high level of talent that the Capital Region has to offer at last year’s tryout and are excited for another big turnout this year,” said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire.  “We have unfinished business and look forward to building off of last season’s success by finding the best talent starting right here in our own backyard.”

In the team’s inaugural open tryouts last year, three participants made the training camp roster with one making it on the active roster throughout the season.  “The tryout last year was another opportunity for me to showcase my abilities and prove that I can play at a high level,” said Jordan Williams, wide receiver on the Albany Empire and participant of the open tryouts prior to the inaugural season.  “I received a call from Coach Keefe a couple weeks later to earn my spot on the roster in camp.”

A pre-registration fee of $65 can be applied using PayPal at before Friday, October 26 at 3 p.m. Registration after that day and time 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, short shuttle and other position-specific drills. Appropriate workout gear and shoes/cleats must be worn.  Testing will take place on field turf – no metal cleats are permitted.  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.

Players from out of town can get special hotel rates at either the Courtyard Marriott Clifton Park located at 627 Plank Road, Clifton Park, NY. (518)-579-6151 or The Hilton Garden Inn, located at 30 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518)-371-7777. Special rates for tryout participants are available October 26th and 27th. Call and request "Albany Empire Rate" for special rates.

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About Albany Empire

Season memberships for the 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.

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