Vikings defend option to charge seat license fees

1:02 AM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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Rochester, MN - The Minnesota Vikings are defending an option to charge seat license fees to help pay for their share of a new stadium.

This comes as Governor Mark Dayton chastised the team Tuesday saying it would turn 'the people's stadium' into 'the rich people's stadium.'

"I think he reacted. I don't want to speak for him," said Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley during a town hall meeting in Rochester Tuesday night. "All I can tell you is he knows it was part of the negotiations."

The fees, which have been levied by other NFL franchises building new stadiums, could hit season ticket holders for thousands of dollars to keep their seats.

The money would help fund the team's $477 million share of the new $975 million stadium.

"We're asking our fans where they stand on this matter and no decisions has been made on any product or pricing," said Bagley.

Bagley says it's ultimately up to the team and insists their contract with the legislature over financing of the new stadium affords them the option.

Team leaders hope to speak with the governor in the next 24 hours to clear things up and move the project forward.


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