August 10, 2017 07:42 AM
The governing bodies of both U.S. Bank and TCF Bank stadiums have drawn criticism for allowing friends, family or public officials to use suites free of charge.
On the other hand, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority, the group that oversees Target Field, is receiving praise for a decision it's made about suite use this season. In April, the authority changed its policy so its suite is primarily used by schools and nonprofits.
"I think it is kind of a model others might want to follow," said Dan Kenny, the authority's executive director. "Some charities use it to recognize volunteers, some use it as a silent auction item to raise money for their cause."
On Tuesday night at Target Field, for a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Ballpark Authority suite was used by the Minnesota Youth Baseball Association.
"These stadiums were built by the people, for the people, and I think you need to use these for organizations that are trying to better their communities," youth coach Tom Sullivan said.
The Ballpark Authority provides access to the suite that includes 24 tickets. Food and drink is the responsibility of the nonprofit or school using the suite.
The suite is booked for the remainder of the 2017 baseball season, and the authority expects to begin taking applications for next season sometime this fall.
The Minnesota Ballpark Authority says 47 different charities will use its suite in the 2017 season.
Updated: August 10, 2017 07:42 AM
Created: August 09, 2017 01:22 PM
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