The Albany-based Arena Football League team has yet to play a down. They don’t even have a name, team colors, or head coach. Despite that, however, they have already sold 500 season tickets.
“The response from the region is extremely encouraging,” team president John Adams said. “It’s clear there is an opportunity to be very successful here as long as we deliver on our promise to bring a consistent quality product on the field while offering a world-class entertainment experience for our fans.”
The Albany team is the first in northern NY since the Firebirds left town in 2000. They had played in the AFL since 1990. They will play home games at the Times Union Center in Albany. Announcements for the team name, head coach, team colors, among other stuff, will be released “in the coming weeks,” according a team press release.
Also, according to the release, the league is expected to begin their 31st season of play in early April. The 30th season kicked off on April 7, 2017 with the then expansion franchise Washington Valor defeating the other expansion franchise Baltimore Brigade.
The Philadelphia Soul overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Storm in Arena Bowl XXX on Aug. 26 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. It was their second consecutive title. They became the first team to repeat as champs since the Arizona Rattlers won three in a row from 2012-14.