“The AFL could stand for Adrenaline Football League”- Paul Stanley
Looking to capitalize on the need for professional football to return to one of the largest markets in the world, the Arena Football League announced on Thursday during the Arena Bowl media day that LA Kiss will be joining the league for the 2014 season. Owned by a group that includes founding band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and their manager Doc McGhee, the Kiss will become the 15th team in the league and will play its home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The is the first pro team in the LA area since the LA Avengers of the AFL folded in 2009.
One thing that was echoed by league commissioner Jerry B. Kurtz and Gene Simmons was the merging of football and entertainment. They will be looking to fuse music and entertainment into every aspect of the game: pre-game, game stoppages and half-time, and continuing the concert-like atmosphere long after the final whistle has blown.
One perk in taking advantage of the $99 season ticket price (which averages out to $10 per game), is being invited to a free Kiss Concert at the arena; this shows that the world famous rock group is already making sure that their presence is felt not only in the owners box.
“There is nothing like the AFL and that’s what we want to promote” -Gene Simmons