Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, still doesn’t understand why people are still angry over how two taxpayer-funded luxury suites were used at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.
She wishes she could go back in time and have a do-over. She wishes she would have recognized and dealt with the bitter skepticism surrounding the U.S. Bank Stadium, and conducted a thorough vetting of the MSFA’s suite policies, which were similar to the policies that were in place in the Metrodome for decades, she said.
Kelm-Helgen takes issue with the notion that suites were for DFL cronies. She said many of the business people who attended games likely were Republicans. She also said Republican legislators Julie Rosen and Morrie Lanning participated in the opening ceremonies and would have been invited to the suite, but “I had assumed they had been taken care of for the game” by the Vikings.