Arena Football Returns to Albany, New York in 2018

ALBANY AFL NAMES CHRIS THOMPSON DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS

Will serve as Offensive Coordinator during the season

ALBANY - Albany AFL announces that it has named Chris Thompson as Director of Football Operations for the team. Chris will also serve as the Offensive Coordinator for the team during the season. Per league and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

Chris is coming to Albany from the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the NAL where he was the team's Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator and won the 2017 NAL Coach of the Year Award. In his 7 seasons as head coach, he has posted a 54-35 overall record, including 7 straight playoff berths. Lehigh Valley also won the 2017 Franchise of the Year Award, where Chris also served as the team's Assistant General Manager.

Prior to being promoted to head coach, Chris was an assistant general manager and offensive coordinator in the IFL, PIFL and AIFL. In total in his coaching career, Chris has a 122-60 record including 11 playoff berths in 12 seasons.

"Chris has a tremendous record of success in the indoor game," said head coach Rob Keefe. "He has proven to be a consistent winner in every role and situation he has been in. He has a brilliant football mind along with an energy that is consistent with this organization. Chris has all the tools to run a championship football operations department as well as high-powered offense."

"I've been waiting for an opportunity to coach in the Arena Football League for a long time, said Thompson." "The opportunity to work with the ownership group in Philadelphia that I have gotten to know so well over the years, along with new ownership group in Albany and with a proven leader in coach Keefe, is a dream come true. I can't wait to help put together a championship caliber team and offense."

Fans can secure their season tickets for the new Albany arena football team now by placing a $50 deposit per seat ($75 for VIP seats) by calling 518-533-2200 or by going to AlbanyAFL.com. A team representative will contact those that have submitted a deposit in the upcoming 1-2 weeks to select their specific seats, which will be done in order in which deposits were received.

About Albany AFL

The Arena Football League's newest franchise, Albany AFL will begin play in Spring 2018 at the Times Union Center. Season memberships for the inaugural 2018 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany AFL sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to AlbanyAFL.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/albanyafl and Twitter at twitter.com/albanyafl.

About Arena Football League

The Arena Football League will enter its 31st Season in 2018. Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. Teams slated for 2018 include: Albany, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week, culminating with the ArenaBowl. The AFL launched AFLNow, the League's streaming "Over-the-Top" network to give fans even more access to the League on arenafootball.com. For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball).

About Times Union Center

Albany's Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the The Times Union Center is "Upstate New York's Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world's largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year.