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Albany AFL taking votes for arena football team's name

November 09, 2017 05:05 PM

Now's your chance to name Albany’s new arena football team.

The four choices are: Albany Phoenix, Albany Empire, Albany Machine and Albany Fire.

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The names were picked from over 2,000 team name suggestions from fans.

Voting ends November 15.

Click here to cast your vote.


Here’s the significance of all the team names, courtesy of Albany AFL:

The Albany Phoenix: In Greek Mythology, a Phoenix is a long-lived bird that obtains new life by rising from the ashes of its predecessor with a renewed youth and vigor. This name pays homage to the original iteration of the Arena Football League in Albany, the Albany Firebirds. The Phoenix represents everything the Firebirds were, but with a new energy and sustainability. The name also represents the resurgence of the greater Albany area.

The Albany Empire: This name pays homage to the city of Albany, the capital of New York, the Empire State. The name also pays recognition to Empire State Plaza in Albany; a complex of several state government buildings which dominate the Albany skyline. The Empire will be the supreme power in the Arena Football League once again.

Albany Machine: This name would recognize Albany's role in politics at the state and local level. The Albany Machine specifically references the City of Albany's "Political Machine" that was in power for the better part of the 20th century. The "Machine" once ran the city of Albany and it can yet again.

Albany Fire: Also paying homage to the original iteration of the Arena Football League in Albany with its namesake, Fire would encompass the passion and energy of city for its new team.

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