The Albany Empire is a little over a month away from their 2021 season opener on Saturday, May 29th at the Times Union Center and you could be playing in that game. The Empire will host open tryouts Saturday, May 1st from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Afrim’s Sports Park. This is your chance to see if you have what it takes to be a member of the last team to ever win an AFL championship. Do you or someone you know think they have what it takes to help the Empire bring an NAL title to Albany?

The Albany Empire is holding an open tryout May 1st from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Afrim’s Sports Park. It’s $60 per player to pre-register and $75 at the door.

Albany Empire head Coach Tom Menas told News 10 ABC's Liana Bonavita in a Zoom interview why he wanted to hold the open tryouts:

“I know there’s great players sitting at home on their couch right now,” Menas said. “I know there’s guys that could play in the NFL sitting at home. I know there’s guy at home that could probably play at the highest level that just never got the chance. You might already have a quarterback, you might already have a running back, you might already have a wide receiver but this kid is just so special you just watched,” Menas added. “Sign him. Let him come into camp and at least compete. You can change a guy’s life at one of these,” Menas said.

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This could be the perfect storm for some of the extremely talented athletes in the Capital Region. How awesome would it be to be the reason the Empire winning it's first National Arena League Championship and second arena football title overall!

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