Albany Empire Local Ownership Grows

The Albany Empire proudly announce today an addition to their local ownership group with the official agreement to bring on Steve and Charlotte von Schiller as minority owners. The von Schillers join the Empire with years’ worth of experience in their local communities and an excitement to help continue the success of the Empire for years to come.

“Over the past few decades, we have served as organizational leaders in our respective careers, and we look forward to contributing to the Albany Empire’s ongoing success on and off the field. We are thrilled to be a member of this team and this community!" Said, Steve and Charlotte

Steve and Charlotte are highly active in their community as well as in their son’s football, supporting the Jr Plainsmen Program in Clifton Park, Christian Brothers Academy Football in Colonie, and Afrims Sports Flag Football Program. Additionally, the Von Schillers are leaders in their community being active in organizations such as the Living Hope Church, Operation Christmas Child, Saratoga Springs City School District, local chapters of the Girl and Boy Scouts, as well as various other organizations.

“From day one, our mission was to make the team stay here for years to come.  With the help of the community and fans, it has happened. Now I look forward to getting more local ownership involved and this starts with the addition of Steve and Charlotte. I have no doubt they have the same vision that has been put in motion from the beginning. To make the Albany Empire, truly a community team.” Said majority owner, Mike Kwarta

The Albany Empire kick off their 2023 season on Saturday, April 8th against the West Texas Warbirds in the Ector County Coliseum. Albany will host the Columbus Lions on Sunday, April 16th for their 2023 Home Opener at MVP Arena.

About The Albany Empire

The Albany Empire was founded in 2018 and have won titles in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2019 as well as the National Arena League (NAL) in 2021 and 2022. The Empire play their home games at the MVP Arena found at 51 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY. For more information about the Empire please email For ticket sales and information please call (518)714-2200 Ext. 101 or Email or visit

About The National Arena League

The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. For more information about expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at For more information about the NAL visit,,,

About The MVP Arena

MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany Empire of the National Arena League, the Albany Fire Wolves of the National Lacrosse League, and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit