Dayton objects to Vikings stadium fee ideas

Published On: Nov 13 2012 09:29:01 AM CST
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll 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 says 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.

The governor has long pushed for what he calls a "People's Stadium." He says he won't let the result be a "Rich People's Stadium."