KISS brings pro football — arena football — back to LA

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have pulled an end-around against the NFL — while the league continues to dangle the chance of a team in front of Los Angeles, the rockers are expanding their KISS franchise to include an arena squad in Anaheim.

The LA KISS will be part of the 2014 Arena Football League season, the first pro team in the LA area since the Avengers folded in early 2009. Los Angeles hasn’t had an NFL team since the Raiders left in 1995.

Season tickets for the Honda Center games are $99 to $2,250– and, of course, include a KISS concert. The season begins in March.

Ticket sales will likely pale in comparison to marketing revenues, thanks to investors Simmons and Stanley. Gear will undoubtedly be in high demand by both the KISS Army and football fans.

KISS the band played as part of the festivities surrounding Saturday’s championship, the ArenaBowl. The Arizona Rattlers repeated as champions, beating the Philadelphia Soul — whose prior investors include Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

For more on the AFL, click here.

– posted by Cathy Maestri, InstantRiverside.com

Filed under News A3, Entertainment

Monday, August 19, 2013


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