Vikings fans digest new seat license fees of up to $10,000

  • Article by: Richard Meryhew , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 5, 2013 - 6:54 AM

Season-ticket holders face license cost of up to $10,000 in new stadium.

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vampress_meOct. 4, 1310:16 PM

To the die-hard Vikings fans who wanted the new stadium - you wanted this stadium no matter what, now pay for it with your PSLs!

averagejoe55Oct. 4, 1310:16 PM

I am shocked - SHOCKED I tell you - that an outstanding, ethical, and savvy businessman like Zigy Wilf would bleed the people of Minnesota, including his most loyal supporters, i.e. season ticket holder, in such a manner.

marketerOct. 4, 1310:34 PM

Buyers remorse. I can't feel sorry for anyone who didn't see this coming. Now you know how we Minneapolis residents feel, having this fiasco shoved down our throats. We aren't getting any relief from the gouging, and the ticket buyers are paying Wilf's share of the cost of the new stadium. We are stupid, gullible rubes.

right155439Oct. 4, 1310:49 PM

haha. Vike fans wanted the tax payers to pick up the tab for the fancy new digs, looks like they're going to be paying too!

tcatheartOct. 4, 1310:49 PM

My thoughts are two fold...1) I'm glad that, to some extent, the people that want to go to the games that bad are the ones paying for the stadium. I would MUCH rather watch the game at home. The "product" on tv is very good, I don't have to pay $20 to park, pay $8 for a beer, or deal with drunk, absurd fans. 2) My other hope is that season ticket holders leave in droves. Show the Vikes that they are taking advantage of their fans. Nothing will change with sports; stadium financing, $100 million plus contracts, etc., until fans stop going to games. Maybe $10,000 seat license fees will do that. Sadly, I doubt that will happen.

janderson2Oct. 4, 1310:55 PM

Amazing how all these supporters of this stadium are suddenly, shocked, surprised, disappointed and angry over the seat licenses, and the wilfs limited contribution to the project once they see the costs being passed directly to them. Falls under the category of "Be careful what you wish for as you just might get it". Well're getting your stadium but losing your precious seats and you'll still be taxed to help pay for it. From the very start of this the opponents of this project predicted this was the outcome but none of these very same people who are now whining like stuck hogs would listen. Sorry but I don't feel bad for ny of you. You got your wish now you'll have to live with it.

orpheus90Oct. 4, 1311:00 PM

User fees, which, as one of the fans interviewed in the article noted, is what this licensing fee actually is, has become a ubiquitous form of meta-capitalism. Forget pay to play, that's much too direct (and not nearly so profitable). Now you must pay to pay. In short, the very idea of paying for something becomes tiered. How many tiers can be inserted? Well, if they can get to two, you better believe they'll contrive a way to get to three. First you'll be paying some fancifully-named entrant fee, then you pay the licensing fee and finally, yes, you can buy the seat ticket! It's like levels in a video game!

SqUaReD80Oct. 4, 1311:06 PM

Not even news. This was in the deal Dayton signed, too. Who cares.

lakevilleguyOct. 4, 1311:07 PM

Would like to be at the next Vikings World Order meeting where the discussions goes something like "How could this happen?" Congrats folks...this is how it feels to be bamboozled by a huckster. Unfortunately the public was represented in this deal by imbeciles...

northstars91Oct. 4, 1311:14 PM

We've had Viking season tickets for over 40 years, I'm not paying 5 cents for a PSL. PSL's for the New York Jets are already selling for 30 cents on the dollar after only a couple years. I could careless, the new stadium is so ugly and looks nothing like a REAL football stadium should.


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