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Stadium authority chair: Vikings have right to sell seat licenses

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Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michelle Kelm-Helgen says the Vikings stadium bill signed by the governor gives the team clear authority to pursue the sale of seat licenses.

Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Tuesday, vowing to fight any move by the team to charge fans additional fees to buy season tickets in the new stadium.

Dayton said he is "distressed" by reports the team may sell "Stadium Builder's Licenses" as part of the private contribution toward the stadium. The Vikings are responsible for slightly more than half of the $975 million total cost.

Dayton says he would urge the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to block any such move, but it appears the stadium authority's stance is in-line with the Vikings.

Seat licenses are a commons source of stadium construction fundraising for NFL teams. The Minnesota Twins charged $1,000 to $2,000 for a small number of premium seats licenses at Target Field.

Vikings vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley said at Friday's stadium authority meeting that the team hasn't made a decision on seat licenses.

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