KISS Awarded Arena Football Expansion Team

The Arena Football League has awarded an expansion team to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS. The team, L.A. KISS, will be based in Los Angeles and play at the Honda Center in Anaheim. (Jim Dyson / Getty Images)

Who’d have guessed that it would turn out to be rock group KISS that brings a professional football team to the Los Angeles area, but that’s what the cartoonish heavy metal band is doing in buying an Arena Football League team to be called L.A. KISS and slated to take the field in 2014.

L.A. KISS is an expansion team in the Arena League, and brings Arena football back to the L.A.-Orange County region for the first time in five years, the league announced Thursday. The L.A.-based team team will use the Honda Center in Anaheim as its home field.

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“As a fast-paced, high-action band, this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” KISS singer-bassist Gene Simmons said in a statement. “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.”

Ticket information will be available on the team’s website, www.lakissfootball.com. Season tickets will cost $99, and to promote the team among the KISS Army of fans, the group will play a free concert next year at the Honda Center for all season seat holders.

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