KISS Buys Football Team, Names Team KISS

The LA KISS of the Arena Football League have their first game in 2014

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Kiss performs on stage during the Hellfest Heavy Music Festival in Clisson, western France, on June 22, 2013.

There’s no mistaking the new owners of the Arena Football League’s newest expansion team: rock legends KISS.

The flamboyant and (once) hard-partying band purchased the new Los Angeles-based football team, and have put their entire identity behind it: the LA KISS will even make use of the band’s logo.

There’s no word, however, if makeup will be part of the team’s uniform.

“As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” Simmons said in a statement. “Attending an LA KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action.”

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The team will play next season in Anaheim’s Honda Center. Those willing to pony up for $99 season tickets—says KISS guitarist Stanley: “budget-friendly price gives a whole new meaning to bang for the buck”—will receive a ticket to attend a 2014 KISS concert in the venue. Jon Bon Jovi didn’t offer a deal like that when he was a part owner in the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul until 2010.

Those interested in a little KISS/AFL combination before next season can watch the band play the halftime show of the 2013 ArenaBowl championship this Saturday.

“This is a great business venture for KISS. It’s fantastic to have a team named after the band and it is a privilege to be able to support LA and bring the experience home,” says Don McGhee, KISS manager, who facilitated the new partnership.

2 comments
chokingkojak
chokingkojak

OK, polls probably indicate KISS is reasonably well-liked by football fans and arena football fans in a certain demographic of the Gen X age-group and maybe even younger age-groups.  So, the band buys an LA arena expansion team.  

Is it going to work?  

At first, yes, because it's something new.  Once that wears off, we'll start to see what kind of staying power the concept has.