You could not have scripted it any better. The inaugural game for the Albany Empire was a smashing success on Saturday, and the fact they didn’t win the game didn’t matter. They won over the fans with a highly successful block party and a sold out Times Union Center. And the highlight of the night was the Jersey retirement of the popular Touchdown Eddie Brown with his son Antonio in the house. It was great start to the building of the Empire.

For all Albany Empire games, make sure to check out A.J. Kanell and "the Closer" Brian Mariano for play by play of every Empire game on ALT 105.7 starting with the pregame show 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Catch Big Board Sports every weekday from 10am-Noon on 104.5 the team and the 104.5 the team app!