MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Following outcry over how the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority distributed suite tickets to Vikings games, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority is changing the policy on who can use its suite for Twins games.
As soon as the uproar unfolded over at U.S. Bank Stadium over the use of suites by the stadium's authority for friends and family, the folks that run Target Field knew they’d need at new policy too.
Since the ballpark opened, the authority had sole use of a single suite attached to their offices and could bring whoever they wanted and donated a fair number of games to charity.
This week, members voted unanimously to change the policy, which comes as the authority is moving to an entirely new space.
“So, the difference is we're going to almost an entirely charity use policy,” Margaret Anderson Keller, chair of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority.
Now, through their website, the authority will give almost all the games to nonprofits. And it will be up to the nonprofits to buy food, as it has always been.
“We're never using public funds for food, no matter who's in the suite, for charities, for anyone and have not,” Dan Kenney, executive director of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority, said.