Vikings stadium authority moves to limit use of its suites

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The public agency that runs the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium has moved to bar friends and relatives of its top officials from using its luxury suites.

In the wake of criticism, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority issued a draft policy change Monday saying friends and family of its commissioners and executive director should no longer have access to free tickets for its suites in U.S. Bank Stadium.

Authority chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said in a statement that the suites should be used only for marketing purposes, as originally intended.

Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale had defended the suite access as an important way to attract future events. But they bowed to public officials who said the authority abused the practice.

The authority’s board will consider the policy changes Friday.