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Kiss launch American football team

LA Kiss will play in the Arena Football League...

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Legendary glam metal band Kiss have revealed plans to move into the sporting arena – by launching their own American football team.

As Henne Music reports, bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley have confirmed that they have created their own sporting franchise, LA Kiss, and that the team will play in the US's Arena Football League from 2014. They will play their games at the Honda Center, and all season ticket holders will be able to attend a free Kiss concert at the same venue.

Unlike the NFL, Arena Football League games are played indoors. Speaking about the venture, Stanley said: "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. 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."

Simmons, meanwhile, added: "As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us. 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."

Kiss' decision to launch their own sporting franchise isn't the first time they've shown entrepreneurial aptitude outside of the music business. It was reported in May of this year that the band were planning on opening 100 restaurants in North America, while last year, they opened their own mini-golf course in Las Vegas.

The 'Kiss By Monster Mini Golf Site' features a glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, as well as an arcade, party rooms and wedding chapel. Speaking about the course, bassist Gene Simmons said: "This venue is perfect for Las Vegas. Where else can you go play a round of Kiss By Monster Mini Golf, and then renew your wedding vows in an official Kiss Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel? Only in Vegas."

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