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Minnesota Lawmakers Hold Meeting on US Bank Stadium Operations

Photo: KSTP/ Jim O'Connell

January 11, 2017 12:44 PM

State lawmakers are holding the first of several committee hearings Wednesday over operations at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The hearings were set up following recent controversy surround free tickets for two luxury suites at the stadium. Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles is investigating claims of misuse of suites by members of the board overseeing the stadium.

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Lawmakers issued a call for transparency from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, whose officials control access to the two lower-level suites.

"There are serious legal and ethical questions about whether MSFA board members should even be legally allowed to attend games in these suites," Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover) had said in a statement.

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

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

RELATED: Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to Limit Use of Suites

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