Spring is here and sports are the talk of the town! The city has recently been buzzing with MAAC and NCAA excitement, so now is a great time to learn about the sports teams that call Albany home. Whether you are a casual fan or a complete sports fanatic, Albany offers many opportunities to cheer on the home team. Keep reading for your guide to Spring sports in Albany.
The Albany Empire
The Albany Empire is back with #UnfinishedBusiness! The team kicks off its second season of exhilarating arena football at the Times Union Center on April 27. These exciting arena football games are a fun way for the entire family to spend an evening in Albany. Kids will love catching a glimpse of the Albany Empire mascots, Emperors Mac & Jack, and cheering on Albany's newest sports team. As an added bonus, fans should plan to arrive to home games early for a block party on South Pearl Street for live music, food, interactive areas and more!
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🤩⭐️🙌 The Albany All Star Roller Derby 2018 season has officially started! What a great bout tonight- thanks @suburbiarollerderby and all the fans and volunteers who made this night such a blast! The All Stars with the first win of the season tonight 🙌🖤💙 #albanyallstars #rollerderby #2018season #werebettertogether #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #digdeep #boutday #womeninsport #wftda #capitaldistrict #albanyny #albanycapitalcenter #518
Albany All Stars Roller Derby
Roll into fun with the Albany All Stars Roller Derby! The 2019 season opener is on April 27 and fans can catch the action at the Albany Capital Center in downtown Albany. Founded in 2006, the Albany All Stars Roller Derby is the Capital Region's first flat track all-women roller derby league. The league has over 50 all-star skaters divided into two teams: the All Stars and the Brawl Stars. Cheer on the competitive skaters during action-packed bouts for a unique night out in Albany!
On the collegiate level, University at Albany Athletics boasts championship-level teams in a variety of men's and women's sports. This Spring, root-root-root for UAlbany's Baseball Team. The team's season runs through the end of May so there is plenty of time to catch a ballgame. Through the end of April, fans can also catch the end of the season for the men's and women's lacrosse teams.
Have you heard? The Albany Patroons are back in town! Last year, the team competed in the eight-team North American Premiere Basketball league and made it to the championships. That league no longer exists, so the team is now competing in the 10-team The Basketball League. Former NBA player (and the Albany Patroons' most popular player in history) Derrick Rowland has returned for his second year as the team's coach. Games are played at the historic Washington Avenue Armory in downtown Albany. Get in on the hoops action at upcoming games on April 6, April 7, April 12, and April 22.