HKS Vikings stadium design
OSSEO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings didn't play this week but action is taking place off the field with the focus on the new stadium. The big bombshell that still has fans buzzing is the price of personal seat licenses.
Some fans, like Ann and Kevin Faulds, of Osseo, says those fees will price them out of the stadium, and it comes with an emotional cost - the season tickets have been in their family for a half century.
Almost 49,000 seats will be subject to the one time license fees, which will range from $500 to $10,000 dollars with the average going for $2,500. The stadium authority will let fans spread the payments over an eight-year period, with the first 3 years interest-free.
Ann Fauld's mother first scored her Vikings season tickets 53 years ago.
"Since I was a little girl," said Faulds. "It was her deal all along, she gave them as a gift to my father."
After he died at a young age, Faulds says her mother Fran kept them in the family, even as a single mother of six. The sideline legacy carried on long after her death, as the Faulds now often take their four children to the games.
"So it is an attachment to our mother makes it maybe different from others, to say we are not going to go anymore," said Faulds. "My vision is now the new stadium will be filled with that people that can afford it. I picture this stadium full of people in suits and those of us that are the fans that have been around for the longest time, maybe not."
They estimate a cost of $5-thousand dollars for two seats on the lower level. Their seats cost $95 apiece, and they estimate they already spend $250 to $300 per game after food and parking.
"It hits us at a bad time with kids going to college," said Kevin Faulds.
By comparison, the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and New York Giants were able to extract $400 million from their seat licensing.
The Vikings wanted more money to come from seat license fees, after their surveys showed fans would pay more, but the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said the $100 million is a fair outcome for most Minnesotans.
Even if the seat licenses were lower, the Faulds say the price of purple is now a matter of principle.
"We don't have angst and animosity. We are a fan of Viking football. We are not really a fan of Viking big business. And so that is the dividing line," said Ann Faulds.
The half century of devotion won't change, but the Faulds says the best seats will now be in their house.
"So back to the basement with popcorn, and our hats," said Ann Faulds.
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