Panthers tickets on sale as season opener nears

ALBANY — The Albany Panthers’ pursuit for a third straight indoor football championship begins Saturday in Louisiana, and fans can now purchase tickets for the season opener and the six home games — including the March 16 home opener against rival Columbus at the Albany Civic Center.

Individual tickets can be purchased for as low as $12.

“We are looking forward to a successful 2013 season and are encouraged by more than 150,000 fans that came through the Civic Center turnstiles during the past three seasons,” Panthers general manager Will Carter said. “The 2013 schedule is extremely attractive and, we are anticipating another season of high-demand games.”

Individual tickets can be purchased by visiting ticketmaster.com, through the Albany Civic Center box office, by phone at (229) 435-5200 or at any Ticketmaster outlet location.

Albany Panthers season tickets are also available for the 2013 season. Season ticket or group packages (discounts are available for groups of 20 or more) can be purchased by calling the Albany Panthers offices at (229) 435-1230 or by visiting albanypanthers.net.

MEET AND GREET: The Albany Panthers are days away from their season opener, but fans got a chance to see the players early during Friday’s annual meet and greet.

“You have to love this team,” said Albany resident Wanda Dyson, who was one of more than 1,000 people in attendance. “The organization does more for the community than all the other pro teams combined. And the team has heart. You’ve heard that song, ‘You’ve Gotta Have Heart?’ Well, this team has heart. I can’t wait for the season to get started.”

The love went both ways.

“Our fans are great,” quarterback Cecil Lester said. “They always support us. I’m real excited about this season, and it seems like the fans are more excited about this year than years past.”

YOUTH FOOTBALL: The Panthers are incorporating the Youth Indoor Football and Cheerleading League with each home game this season.

Hundreds of youth and their families are expected to participate in the league, which begins March 15 and runs through June 29.

Youth players will compete each Friday night and every Saturday prior to Panthers home games.

“The Youth Indoor Football and Cheer League is dedicated to its players, families and coaches,” Carter said. “Through the Albany Parks and Recreation Department’s leadership, the YIFL will deliver a fun and exciting season while offering a deeper knowledge of the sport and its inherent team-first values.”