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Ford Named the Official Truck of the Albany Empire

ALBANY - The Albany Empire announce that the team will partner with Upstate Ford Dealers as the Official and Exclusive Truck of the Albany Empire. 

As the Official Truck partner of the Albany Empire, Upstate Ford Dealers will have a significant presence in all aspects of Empire games and social media platforms.  Ford will receive in arena signage, various forms of promotional activity and the ability to showcase vehicles in the arena, on the field during stoppages of play, and at pregame block parties.  In addition, Ford will become the presenting partner of all Albany Empire game radio broadcasts (on Alt 105.7 FM).  Leading up to every game, Upstate Ford Dealers will present fans with the Drive to Victory matchup preview found on Empire social media channels and the team website.

“We are truly honored to welcome Upstate Ford Dealers to the Empire family.  Ford is no stranger to sports marketing and anytime you can partner with a prominent brand that understands the value of associating their brand with a professional sports team, it’s a win-win situation,” said George Manias, Albany Empire C.O.O.

Off the field, fans can visit their local Upstate Ford Dealers or their website at

“The Albany Empire had a tremendous inaugural season last year and as we watched them blossom, we knew we needed to be a part of what they are doing.  They have a great following in the upstate region and we feel their audience matches ours.  Our trucks are built Ford Tough and so are the Empire. We are excited for what the future holds with this partnership,” said Dan Lacy, Chairperson of the Marketing Board for Upstate Ford Dealers and owner of New York Ford dealer, R.C. Lacy, located in Catskill, NY.

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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 32nd Season in 2019. 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 26 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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