Minnesota stadium authority suggests significant PSLs will be blocked


The settled stadium situation in Minnesota became quickly unsettled on Tuesday.  Now, it’s settled again.  Sort of.

According to the Associated Press, the chairperson of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says that Personal Seat Licenses (technically, Stadium Builders Licenses for the new Vikings venue) are permitted, but that exorbitant fees won’t be allowed.

“What people were reacting to is $20,000, $30,000, $40,000 a seat,” Michelle Kelm-Helgen said, regarding PSL fees charged elsewhere.  “If they had that in their mind vs. something in the thousands perhaps.  And I don’t even know.  I don’t want to say.”

The thinking is that the fees will be much lower than five figures.

“Our frame of reference has been things like at the Twins stadium and the Gophers’ TCF Stadium,” Kelm-Helgen said.  The Twins applied PSL fees in the range of $1,000 to $2,000 for a “small number of premium seats,” per the Associated Press.  The University of Minnesota charges an extra $100 to $500 per season ticket annually, based on the location of the seat.

It could be that Governor Mark Dayton picked the fight to ensure that the Vikings wouldn’t try to gouge season-ticket holders.  Though along the way he came off as clueless regarding the contents of the stadium bill that he signed into law, Dayton successfully got the attention of the folks who’ll decide whether the Vikings are charging too much for PSLs.

Regardless, the folks who ultimately should make that decision are the fans.  If the Vikings charge too much, then the tickets and the PSLs won’t sell.  It’s basic economics, and the fact that the highest levels of government in Minnesota don’t understand this could shed light on the budgetary woes facing state and federal government from sea to shining sea.

14 responses to “Minnesota stadium authority suggests significant PSLs will be blocked

  1. The University of Minnesota charges an extra $100 to $500 per season ticket annually, based on the location of the seat.


    Waiting to hear from someone how this is Goodell’s or some greedy owner’s fault.

  2. Once the Vikings take significant money from the public to build the stadium, then the public should have a say in PSL fees.

  3. Maybe Dayton is clueless. Or maybe he’s brilliant and out-sharked the Wilfs. Can’t say I feel sorry for the Wilfs if they can’t charge what they hoped for PSL’s. And it would be really funny if Dayton’s gotcha worked.

  4. That’s exactly why Dayton did it. I’ve never voted for him, but I will the next time around. He is largely responsible for my team staying in town and for helping to usher through a (mostly) reasonable deal for both Minnesotans and the Vikes.

  5. So the Vikings cry for a decade for public money to fund a stadium and then turn around and want PSLs? The public has already paid you for the right to buy tickets for a seat.

  6. At no time was anyone ever thinking they were going to charge $20K or more a seat. This is a straw man propped up by Dayton to make him look good to clueless people (copyright tito). The Wilfs just want to do the same kind of thing the Twins and Gophers and half the other NFL teams do.

  7. Carl Gerbschmidt says: By the way, is that a rendering of the stadium? Cuz that might be the ugliest thing ever.

    Uh . . . kinda this.
    What happened to the “ship” design? Or the potentially retractable roof, for that matter?

    Welcome to the Snowdrift, home of the Minnesota Vikings?

  8. Dayton actually doesn’t know anything about business or money. He is a trust fund baby, in politics with no prior record of accomplishment, because he was bored.

    Sort of like Al Franken.

  9. In Green Bay the PSLs ticked off a lot of season ticket holders when they went into effect, but they had a nice side effect of redistributing some of the season tickets. Apparently a lot of season ticket holders had amassed 2-3 dozen season tickets over the years and were just doling them out for a profit. At least the PSLs gave some other deserving fans a turn at season tickets.

  10. You’re starting to sound a little clueless about how State politics work.

    Bills are not contracts. If the Governor doesn’t like the way the Vikings are going about raising money for the stadium, he can have a state congressman from his party either A) introduce a bill repealing the stadium bill, B) introduce a bill that changes the funding in the original bill, or C) introduce price-gouging legislation that limits how much the PSL’s can be sold for.

    And he can defend doing so by claiming he never would have signed the original bill if he had known how what the Vikings intended to do.

    Politicians go back on their word every day. It would be more than clueless of you to think Dayton wouldn’t do so here if he thought it would ingratiate him to voters.

  11. This is supposed to be “The Peoples Stadium,” not “The 1%’ers Stadium.” They lost.

    I like the design rendering too.

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