After five years without an arena football team in Southern California, Los Angelenos will have a local team once again when the LA KISS start playing next year. The legendary rock bank announced Thursday that it has purchased an Arena Football League team and promises a concert-like atmosphere.
Coinciding with the AFL's 27th anniversary, the KISS will begin their inaugural season at the Honda Center next year. The team joins the San Jose SaberCats as the second California team in the league. For nine years, the Los Angeles Avengers represented Southern California until shutting down in April 2009.
“As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” band member and co-owner Gene Simmons said. Simmons added that attending a game will be similar to a live KISS show with "thrilling, heart-pounding action".
Season-ticket holders who purchase the $99 package will have the opportunity to get the live KISS show experience in the literal sense, as the band plans to invite buyers to a free concert at Honda Center.
Paul Stanley echoed Simmons' comments, promising "some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center".
"The whole idea of an alternative to what has perhaps become a corporate sport is very intriguing, and resonates with us," Stanley said. "We've always tried to be a band that relates to everybody, and the AFL is built on that whole premise."