Gov. Mark Dayton will not be buying seasons tickets to see the Minnesota Vikings once the new stadium is built.
Dayton, a chief political backer of the coming nearly $1 billion stadium, is opposed to the personal seat licensing arrangement that will allow the team to charge fans hundreds and even thousands of dollars for the right to purchase season tickets for a particular seat in the stadium.
Dayton said if he wants to see a Vikings game, he will buy a ticket like anyone else.
“I will probably go to one of their games, because I would like to see the inside stadium,” Dayton said. “But I would like to see a winning game, so that will narrow my options.”
The Vikings are 0-2 this year.
Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said the governor seems to have forgotten the team's strong record last season.
"Wow," Bagley said. "The team just came of a 10-6 playoff season."
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.