Vikings set seat license fees for new stadium

This artist's rendering released on May 13, 2013, by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings is the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Minnesota's Supreme Court on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, dismissed a lawsuit challenging the funding plan for a new Vikings football stadium, eliminating a legal obstacle that threatened a last-minute derailment of the project. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 10 by Doug Mann, an activist and former Minneapolis mayoral candidate who argued the stadium funding plan was unconstitutional. The state's highest court disagreed.
This artist's rendering released on May 13, 2013, by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings is the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Minnesota's Supreme Court on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, dismissed a lawsuit challenging the funding plan for a new Vikings football stadium, eliminating a legal obstacle that threatened a last-minute derailment of the project. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 10 by Doug Mann, an activist and former Minneapolis mayoral candidate who argued the stadium funding plan was unconstitutional. The state's highest court disagreed. (AP Photo/HKS Sports and Entertainment Group, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Fifty yard-line season tickets in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium come with an upfront licensing fee of $4,500 to $9,500. A seat in the nosebleeds will set loyal fans back a $500 fee.

That’s according to a new pricing structure the team and the public stadium authority announced Friday. Those one-time charges are on top of the annual price of buying a ticket.

Stadium builder’s licenses average $2,500, but most run lower. Three-quarters of the stadium’s 65,000 seats will have a license fee attached.

Officials say the one-time assessment can be paid interest free over three years.

Vikings ownership is using seat license proceeds to cover one-fifth of the $500 million private share for the $1 billion stadium. It is due to open in time for the 2016 season.

For the Lambeau Field expansion in 2000, the seat license user fees were $1,400 for green ticket package holders and $600 for gold packages. For the recent south end zone expansion, the fees were $2,100 for the green package and $900 for the gold. The fee was the same regardless of seat location.

Anyone who comes off the Packers’ season ticket waiting list will also pay the $2,100/$900 fee to the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District.

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