FIRST ON 13: Sources: New arena football team coming to Albany

Arena Football is coming back to the Capital Region next season.

The new team will be called the Albany Firebirds, sources told NewsChannel 13’s Rodger Wyland.

A press conference will be held at 10:30 on Monday to make it official.

It will be owned by three businessmen, including former Empire owner Mike Kwarta.

They will play in the Indoor Football League – sources told NewsChannel 13. The league has 17 other teams – including many the old Firebirds once played.

The team will replace the Albany Empire, which had a tumultuous ending in the Capital Region, after former NFL player Antonio Brown bought it. That lead to a revolving door of coaches and the firing of players. It ended with the team being kicked out of the National Arena League for an unpaid bill.

The new team marks a return for the Firebirds name, which was used for arena football in Albany from 1990-2000.