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ALBANY EMPIRE UNVEIL TEAM UNIFORMS AT MEDIA DAY

Courtesy: Albany Empire Media Relations

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 TheAlbanyEmpire.com.  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 www.TheAlbanyEmpire.com!

ALBANY EMPIRE ROSTER

POSITION PLAYER HEIGHT WEIGHT BIRTHDATE EXPERIENCE COLLEGE
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 the Albany Empire
The Arena Football League’s newest franchise, the Albany Empire will begin play on April 14, 2018 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 TheAlbanyEmpire.com.  Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/TheAlbanyEmpire Twitter at twitter.com/Albany_Empire , and on Instagram at Instagram.com/Albany_Empire

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