May 2018

The First Professional Sports Team Calls New Rochelle Home

The New York Empire is a professional ultimate disc team that is part of the AUDL, American Ultimate Disc League.  If you don’t know much about the sport, it rolls the best of many sports into one, it is team focused and it is great exercise.


Since inception, the Empire has played most of its home games at Randall’s Island. This year they chose a new home field of Joseph A Fosina Field at Flowers Park in New Rochelle and they couldn’t be more excited. With I-95, the “Hutch” and Metro North’s ease of access, New Rochelle is a perfect place as it not only has many schools but it also has a great restaurant and bar scene. “As this is first professional team to make their home in New Rochelle, we are thrilled to welcome them to our community!” said Jennifer Lanser, Executive Director of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.


“The goal of The New York Empire is to provide a fun, entertaining, family-friendly experience that is also affordable,” says Robert Spaeth of the Empire.  It is important to the team that they bring awareness of the ultimate disc sport to the community and its surrounding areas.  It is a sport that can easily be played by many with only a disc, a field and some friends.


Throughout the season the Empire hopes to engage the community, especially the youth, by holding clinics to learn the sport. In addition, the Empire hopes to involve the community in game day experiences by inviting people to sing the national anthem and in many other ways that get the crowd excited.  The “Spirit” of the game is what makes the sport so special! They invite you to come on out and enjoy the game as tickets are very affordable at only $10 per person.


The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at the start of their first home game to kick off the season on April 14th. The next game takes place on May 5 at 7pm playing the DC team.


If interested in attending the game or volunteering with various game day activities or being involved in the game day experience, send an email to .  Sponsorships are available. Visit their website at



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