Dayton has 'expressed concern' about suite use to U.S. Bank Stadium chairwoman
Gov. Mark Dayton said he “expressed concern” about use of two luxury suites at U.S. Bank Stadium to Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and then accused the media of sensationalizing the story while ignoring the success of the $1.1 billion project.
The governor stopped short of giving his support for the MSFA’s control of 36 tickets to two lower-concourse Norseman Suites, saying he will wait until he has “all the facts,” possibly in mid-January when Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles aims to complete an investigation into the suite use.
On Sunday, the Star Tribune reported that Kelm-Helgen and Ted Mondale, MSFA executive director, control access to the two suites, which the Vikings sell for $200,000 to $300,000 for the NFL season, for all events at the stadium.