Report: Most Vikings Stadium Suite Guests Were Friends
ST. PAUL (AP) - The public agency that runs the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium issued nearly half of the tickets inside its two luxury suites to friends and family.
That's a key finding from a recent investigation by the state's legislative auditor released Tuesday on the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority's use of suites at U.S. Bank Stadium. While 45 percent of the guests were friends and family of top authority officials, just 29 percent were marketing guests.
Authority chair Michelle Kelm-Helgen has said the suites were meant to attract new events and customers. The authority later changed its policies to ban family and friends.
The long-awaited report may fuel changes at the Legislature, where top Republicans have taken issue with stadium oversight. The Star Tribune first reported on the use of the suites.