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Arena football to make comeback to Albany

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

There’s some exciting news tonight for arena football fans.

Albany City Commissioners today tentatively approved a deal to bring it back to the Albany Civic Center. WALB News 10's Aaryn Valenzuela is here to tell us more about the Georgia Firebirds

The Firebirds have been a semi-pro team based in Tifton playing outdoor games since 2009. 

Now, they're part of American Indoor Football, a league with more than 20 teams around the country.

At one time arena football drew big crowds at the civic center, even winning championships.

Now city officials look forward to filling the stands once again.

"Just about time when football fans are going through that withdraw, you know arena football will be here for us to have some fun," says City Manager Sharon Subadan.

And the owners of the Firebirds look forward to working here in Albany.

"It means a lot for us to be born and raised here in South Georgia, it's very important for us to be successful," says Co-Owner Terence Fowler.

And they plan to work with young people.

"One thing we know arena football did was give them an opportunity to get off of the streets, not at parties all the time, and they had something constructive to do," says Terence Fowler.

And they don't think they will have a problem filling the stands.

"I think we will be able to put a quality product that the city will be proud of," says Co-Owner Darrien Teals.

City Manager Sharon Subadan says this will also give families something to do downtown, and will utilize the civic center.

"I said before the civic center is an asset to the community, its paid for, and I would like for the community to have an opportunity to use that civic center, and enjoy events here," said Subadan.

And folks here are already pumped for next year's season.

"I think it’s a good thing for it to come back to Albany, I think it will draw a good crowd of people," says Patricia Cowart.

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