Dayton objects to Vikings stadium fee ideas

Published 9:40 am Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he would fight any effort by the Vikings to charge fans extra fees to buy season tickets in the new publicly subsidized football stadium.

In a sharply worded letter Tuesday, Dayton told team owner Zygi Wilf that he is distressed by reports the team may charge seat license fees to help generate a private contribution toward the stadium. Dayton said he will urge a public authority to block any such move.

The team is due to pay slightly more than half of the $975 million price tag. Dayton told Wilf that the contribution is the responsibility of team owners, not fans.

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The governor has long pushed for what he calls a “People’s Stadium.” He said he won’t let the result be a “Rich People’s Stadium.”