AFL Returns To Albany

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AFL Returns To Albany

Expansion Team To Play in 2018

The Arena Football League will return to Albany in 2018.

The team will play its home games at the city’s Times Union Center and will select its name through a name-the-team contest. It is a joint venture between the owners of the Philadelphia Soul and owners based in Albany. It is the second time two AFL teams have shared ownership, with the Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade both under Ted Leonsis’ ownership.

The original Albany Firebirds joined the AFL in 1990 and won six division titles and the 1999 ArenaBowl. The team moved to Indiana for the 2001 season, and the Albany Conquest joined the af2 in 2002. The Conquest purchased the Firebirds name and logo and rebranded in 2009 before folding when the AFL went bankrupt and the af2 disbanded.

The addition of Albany boosts the league to six teams for the 2018 season after fielding five teams in 2017.

Photo credit: CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

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