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Albany- The Boards are going up and some team members are arriving anxiously awaiting training camp which begins in a little over a week.

"We've been getting together a little bit, running, catching balls, and running routes. Everybody's kind of excited about the whole situation," said wide receiver, Antwone Savage.

Some faces will be familiar, Antwone Savage and Adrian Cockfield both grew up in Albany and will play wide receiver. There will be eight players on the field, but players say it takes nine to win, the ninth player being the fans.

"The feel of the game is much faster, being inside, and the crowd. I played in loud crowds and being enclosed with a crowd inside a building is going to be even louder, so I think it's going to be real exciting," said Savage.

"It seems like people are buying tickets so that's a good sign. Hopefully, the fans of Albany and surrounding towns will come out and support us. I think once they come and see that first game it will kind of do it for the season for us," said Adrian Cockfield.

The special flooring will be installed late next week, and in four weeks the team hopes these empty seats will be filled with screaming fans. Fans packing the arena will be expected to follow city rules, meaning no open containers for parking lot tailgate parties.

"There's definitely going to be rules, because this is city property, but we really want to do the best that we can to accommodate the spectators and we want them to have fun, inside and outside," said Matty Goddard, director of the civic center.

In arena football, fans are closer to the field with tickets available just behind the boards, making fans a part of the action.

"I think that's part of the whole concept is to have the fans be apart of this whole deal," said Goddard. And the team hopes their ninth man, the fans, will make other teams fear coming to Albany.

"I want them to know that this is the most hostile, loud, fan packed arena that there can possibly be in the arena football two league. They can definitely make a difference," said Coach Chris Siegfield.

The coach says, there will be plenty of opportunities for fans to get a glimpse of the team before the first game April 9. Some of the practices at Albany State are expected to be open to the public.

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