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Albany Empire Staff Recognized for Season’s Efforts

ALBANY, NY. – The Arena Football League today announced four awards in various support categories, recognizing groups and individuals who contributed to the League’s success in 2019. The Front Office Staff of the Year was awarded to the Albany Empire’s Front Office.

The Albany Empire received this award, in recognition of the entirety of the front office’s efforts. Such efforts include those of public relations; game entertainment; sponsorship; ticket sales; and football operations and management.

“It is an absolute honor to have our front office staff recognized by the Arena Football League for all their hard work and dedication.  When we decided that ‘Unfinished Business’ would be our motto for the 2019 season, it didn’t apply to just the on-field product, it also applied to the front office operations,” said George Manias, C.O.O. of the Albany Empire.  “When we launched our team last season, we only had four months to do so.  We laid a great foundation but knew we could do better given the time.  We reached and exceeded most of our goals for this year and it is great to be recognized for our efforts.” 

Highlighted in the Empire’s front office accomplishments include leading the AFL in attendance and ticket sales for the second consecutive season, its commitment to community involvement, their in-game entertainment presentation, their social media platforms and fan engagement initiatives including a weekly radio and television show, and their ability to provide a first-class fan experience highlighted by its pre-game block parties. The organization prides itself on being the community’s team in the Capital Region and looks forward to potentially bringing the AFL championship back to Albany!

“My staff consists mostly of young professionals who are new to the workforce and seeing their development and growth over the past two seasons has been the most rewarding part of my job,” said Manias.  “I couldn’t be more appreciative of all they do for this organization and I am extremely proud of them.  Now we hope to cap off this extraordinary season with an ArenaBowl Championship.”

Tickets for the August 11 ArenaBowl championship game are on sale now by calling 518-533-2200, by going to, or by stopping by the Empire office located in the Times Union Center.  A limited number of great seats are still available!  

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About Albany Empire

Season memberships for the 2020 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 the Arena Football League

The Arena Football League enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, O.H., the League totals six teams for 2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Columbus, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Each team will play 12 regular-season games in 2019. One can find the League can on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.

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 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest , 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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