Arena football team returning to Times Union Center

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Albany, N.Y. — As long as there is an arena football season in 2021, the plan is to have a team here in Albany once again.

Ron Tridico, co-owner of the Orlando Predators, told News10 ABC’s Liana Bonavita that his ownership group is moving forward with bringing a franchise to the Capital Region, they are just waiting on the New York documents of corporation.

Tridico and his partner Nate Starling will sit down this weekend and come up with a complete game plan. They’ve already been in contact with former Empire head coach Rob Keefe and offensive coordinator Les Moss, who are both on board to return.

Quarterback Tommy Grady is reportedly “very interested in playing again,” and when everything is finalized, he “will see if he can make it work.”

While a 2021 season is uncertain amid coronavirus concerns, Tridico is committed to bringing a team back to Albany.

“Of course we’ve got reservations for 2021,” Tridico said. “Who knows really what’s going to happen with the pandemic. But we’re prepared, we’re moving forward with 2021.”

“If we can’t have a season for whatever reason, we’ll just move it to 2022,” Tridico added. “And the financial aspect, we’re not concerned about that.”

Tridico says the National Arena league will be on par with what Albany saw in the Arena Football League the past few seasons, and that the NAL could feasibly have 12 teams next season, up from eight.

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