New Albany arena football team revives familiar name

It’s official. Arena football is coming back to Albany next season.

A news conference was held at MVP Arena on Monday morning.

The new team will be called the Albany Firebirds, which was used for arena football in Albany from 1990-2000.

The team will be owned by three businessmen, including Mike Kwarta, who once owned the Albany Empire, the previous team 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 with the team being kicked out of the National Arena League for an unpaid bill.

The Firebirds will play in the Indoor Football League, which is scheduled to begin in April.