On Monday, May 9, my friends and I had an opportunity to check out an AFL (Arena Football League) game. We received free tickets to see the LA Kiss play the Portland Steel at the Honda Center.
LA Kiss became a franchise in 2013 and is owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the legendary rock band Kiss. The only thing similar about Arena Football and Ducks hockey is that both sports are played at the Honda Center, there’s plenty of loud music being played, and Phil Hulett is the PA announcer for both games.
Loud noise is an understatement in LA Kiss. There is a lot of pyrotechnics used in the game, particularly in the kickoff, and when the home team scored a touchdown, they’d let off a loud canon “boom” and play the Kiss song “I wanna Rock and Roll all night” each time.
Even if you don’t like football, there’s plenty of entertainment throughout the game. They have their cheerleaders, the “Kiss Girls” dancing throughout the game, between quarters, and sometimes when they scored a touchdown. And, at halftime, they had BMX Freestyle bikers demonstrate some tricks.
We heard the team wasn’t very good, so we were lucky that the LA Kiss won 66-27. After the game, the fans could go onto the “field” to meet the team for photos and autographs, or to toss the ball around.
Overall it was an entertaining evening. The fans were well behaved, and it was a very family friendly event. If I didn’t have any plans, and wanted a night out, I’d consider an LA Kiss game. Tickets are affordable, and there’s cheap $10 parking across the street. The concession stand may be slim pickings, so eat before the game.
Thumbs up to LA Kiss.