Arena Football League, KISS Bring Pro Football Back to Los Angeles
Thursday August 15, 2013
Expansion “LA KISS” to begin play in 2014
ORLANDO – After a five-year hiatus, professional football will be returning to one of the largest and most exciting media markets in the country, Los Angeles. Announced today at ArenaBowl XXVI Media Day, rock legends KISS, Arena Football League (AFL) veteran Brett Bouchy, Doc McGhee (McGhee Entertainment) and AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz are bringing the high-octane entertainment of Arena Football back to Los Angeles with a new expansion team, the LA KISS (www.lakissfootball.com).
"Season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center," said Paul Stanley of KISS. "Arena Football is played at a fast and furious pace and making season tickets available now for the budget-friendly price of $99 gives a whole new meaning to bang for the buck." Additionally, all inaugural LA KISS season seat holders will be invited to a free KISS concert to take place at Honda Center in 2014! (www.hondacenter.com/lakiss)
“As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” said Gene Simmons of KISS. “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.”
The AFL (www.arenafootball.com), which is dedicated to playing and promoting in-arena professional football around the world, will mark its 27th season in 2014. With primetime TV broadcasts on CBS Sports Network every Saturday, and more than 150,000 fan connections each week, the League is poised to expand into homes across the country like never before. This new alliance with KISS will further strengthen the League’s bond within the expansive U.S. entertainment and sports industries. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship game kicks off Saturday, August 17 at 1pm EST / 10am PST and will air nationally on the CBS Television Network. The broadcast will feature a KISS halftime show on their new “spider stage.”
Honda Center has partnered alongside the band and the team to provide a home for the sport and its newest expansion team. As a world-class sports and entertainment venue, which has consistently ranked among the top in the country, this Orange County arena will serve as the hub for Arena Football fans in the greater Los Angeles area and help the league engage with the more than 22 million people who call Southern California home.
“As the most fast-paced, exciting League in professional sports, the AFL has always been about providing the best form of entertainment to fans directly in their hometowns,” said AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz. “We could not be more thrilled to bring the league back to Los Angeles, and partnering with such incredible rock legends as KISS is certain to give fans a sports experience unlike anything they have ever seen.”
As the founding members of KISS, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have a vested interest in bringing football back to Los Angeles, a market that has always proved fanatical for both music and football. Both Paul and Gene are fans of the AFL and are excited to lend their own unique brand of non-stop action to games in Los Angeles that will blow fans away!
“This is a great business venture for KISS. They are lending their name to a sport which is destined for big things this year. 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,” stated KISS Manager Doc McGhee of McGhee entertainment, who worked to facilitate the partnership.
“With a global brand in KISS, an ownership group dedicated to showcasing a fast-paced and exciting sport and a world-class venue hosting the action - three great entertainment properties are converging with the overall goal of producing an unparalleled AFL experience for fans,” added Tim Ryan, CEO/President of The Honda Center. “This partnership marks a new era for the unification of sports and music.”
In celebration of this announcement, and ArenaBowl XXVI, a three-day celebration will kick-off tonight with the annual AFL Celebrity Gala followed by a LIVE concert Friday night, featuring none-other than KISS! The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship game kicks off Saturday, August 17 at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PT and will air nationally on the CBS Television Network. The broadcast will include highlights from KISS’ Friday night performance.
For more information on the LA KISS, or to purchase season tickets, please visit www.lakissfootball.com.
About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire regular season and postseason through the semifinal round. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game will air on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.
KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time. The band holds honors as one of America’s top gold record champions, selling over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40 year career. KISS’ career milestones are staggering, boasting decades of record-breaking tours around the globe. Notable moments include appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2005 Rockin’ The Corps concert for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and performing on 2009’s American Idol finale to 30 million viewers.
About Honda Center
Honda Center is the premier entertainment and sports venue in Southern California. Repeatedly ranked among the top arenas in the country, Honda Center is owned by the city of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Arena Management. The NHL’s Anaheim Ducks have called the arena home since their inaugural season in 1993. In addition to Ducks games each year, Honda Center hosts sporting events such as Professional Boxing, UFC and the annual Big West Basketball Tournament, concerts by top performers including Van Halen, Lady Gaga and the Eagles, and family shows like Disney On Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as the Harlem Globetrotters. In January of 2012 Honda Center broke ground on the largest renovation in venue history, The Grand Terrace Project, which is set to be complete in fall of 2013.
About McGee Entertainment
McGhee Entertainment was formed in 1983 with offices originating in New York City. The current artist roster includes Chuck Wicks, Clint Black, Darius Rucker, Down, Drew Davis, Hootie & The Blowfish, Jack Blades, Joel Crouse, KISS, Mallary Hope, Night Ranger, Ted Nugent, TOTO, Vintage Trouble, and The Willis Clan. McGhee Entertainment currently has offices located in Nashville at 21 Music Sq. West and in Los Angeles at 8730 West Sunset Boulevard, Ste 200 and may be found online at www.mcgheela.com.