BALTIMORE — The Albany Empire left no doubt who will be hosting next Sunday’s ArenaBowl 32.
The Empire jumped out to a 49-7 halftime lead and rolled to a 61-21 victory over the Baltimore Brigade in the second leg of their Arena Football League semifinals on Saturday at Royal Farms Arena.
The top-seeded Empire won the aggregate scoring 123-47. They will host ArenaBowl 32 at Times Union Center at 8 p.m. against the winner of the other semifinal between the Philadelphia Soul and the Washington Valor. The Soul beat the Valor 69-33 in Washington last Sunday. The two teams meet Sunday at 4 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The Empire becomes the second Albany franchise to host an ArenaBowl. The Albany Firebirds beat Orlando 59-48 in ArenaBowl XIII in 1999.
Empire wide receiver Colin Taylor was named Offensive Player of Game. He caught three passes for 59 yards. Taylor had two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing.
Albany jack linebacker Terence Moore also scored twice, one on an interception and the other on a kickoff return.