KISS funds new Los Angeles football arena


For the first time since 2008, professional football  games will return to one of the largest and most exciting media markets in the country: Los Angeles.  Legendary band KISS is bringing an Arena Football League team here.  Band frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley purchased shares of an AFL expansion team and are bringing that team to play in the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.  The team will fittingly be named KISS.  The last football team to play in Los Angeles was the Avengers and they only lasted from 2000 to 2008.

“As a fast-paced, high-action band, this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” said Gene Simmons of KISS.  “With Arena Football, you are much closer to the action–sitting in the front row is like putting a folding chair on the hash mark of an NFL game–and it’s one of the only sports where you can experience this level of intensity.  Attending an LA KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action.”

The story is gaining attention worldwide, and the team just signed a television deal.  AMC has ordered 10 episodes of an unscripted series chronicling the first season of the arena football team.  In addition to the players, the show will feature Doc McGhee, the band’s manager, as well as its owners, Simmons and Stanley.  Simmons has also pitched the chance to buy season tickets to see LA’s only form of football and get a free KISS concert ticket at the cheap price of just $99.

They held their first training camp practice on Feb. 22, and it featured many former NFL players.  The team will play their first game against the San Antonio Talons on March 15.