US Bank Stadium changes suite policy following outcry

US Bank Stadium, the home of NFL American football franchise the Minnesota Vikings, is set to alter its policy regarding access to luxury suites in response to a public outcry over use of the facilities.

According to local newspaper the Star Tribune, members of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) have proposed that they no longer be able to invite friends and family to the two free suites at the stadium.

The existing policy had angered other fans as it enabled people to gain access to the biggest events at the facility, such as key Vikings games and music concerts.

The MSFA also took the step of publishing a list of some of the people who have used the suites since the stadium opened in August of this year, with politicians among those named.

The MSFA stopped short of revealing all political figures who had used the facilities, with the exception of 12 public officials who retrospectively paid for their tickets after being questions by reporters.

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the MSFA, and executive director Ted Mondale said the potential policy change, which will be discussed during a board meeting later this week, is not an admission of wrongdoing, but instead a response to “all the interest and consternation and concern” about nepotism.

Kelm-Helgen added that she and Mondale are proposing the change to “restore public confidence”.

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