- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014
Vikings detail new Minnesota stadium seating fees

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Fifty yard-line season tickets in the lower section of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium come with an upfront license fee of $4,500 to $9,500, while a seat in the nosebleeds will set loyal fans back a $500 fee, team officials announced Friday.

The release of the pricing structure for the personal seat licenses, which the team is calling stadium builder’s licenses, coincides with a ramp-up in marketing for seats in the under-construction stadium set to open in 2016. Current season ticket holders have first rights to buy into the new building, with sales to them happening in waves over the next nine months. Those one-time charges are on top of the annual price of buying a ticket, which will go for $50 to $400 apiece per game.

“A lot of it’s driven like a real-estate model,” said Jason Gonella, executive director of the seat-license program.

In other words, it’s about location, location, location. Those who pay the most will get access to a spacious bar and lounge with sweeping views of the field, or seats right at field level where they can slap hands with players as they enter. Other coveted seats will come with private concourses and concession areas.

Three-quarters of the stadium’s 65,000 seats will have a license fee attached. The average license will cost $2,500. About 2,400 seats will require a license fee of $7,000 or higher, while about 2,300 will have a fee of $500. Others will have fees that fall somewhere in between.


2 dead in police chase, shooting in Eden Prairie

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - A man and a woman involved in a high-speed chase during the Friday morning rush hour were killed in an officer-involved shooting that shut down a major highway in the Twin Cities area for hours, authorities said.

Four officers who fired their weapons were placed on leave after the shooting along Highway 212, State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said. No officers were injured. The highway was reopened in both directions at about 5 p.m., according to a tweet from the Eden Prairie Police Department.

Few details were released Friday. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said authorities got a call about 7:30 a.m. about a red Saab that was driving erratically. The Saab then was involved in a rear-end crash on Highway 212 and County Road 43 and sped away from the scene, Roeske said.

Authorities found the Saab on eastbound Highway 212 and began a pursuit which reached speeds of more than 90 mph, the bureau said. Roeske said authorities used stop sticks and other maneuvers to get the car to stop. Just before 8 a.m., the Saab crashed into a wall on the highway near Deal Road in Eden Prairie. The man and woman then got out of the car.

Roeske wouldn’t detail the circumstances of the shooting and wouldn’t say whether the man or woman were armed, citing the ongoing investigation. Their identities were not released. He said the relationship between the two hadn’t been determined.


Minn. boy stowaway close to reunion with parents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota boy who stowed away on a flight to Las Vegas last year is close to being reunited with his parents, a judge said Friday.

Hennepin County Judge Joseph Klein said he’s pleased enough with the boy’s progress that he soon may be able to permanently rejoin his family.

The boy, who is now 10, has been placed outside his home under child protective services.

Klein also complimented the boy’s parents for their engagement and support.

“I’m encouraged by all the reports,” he said


Driver charged in bicyclist’s death in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis man is accused of driving drunk when he struck and killed a bicyclist on Franklin Avenue in south Minneapolis on Monday.

Forty-nine-year-old John Iverson was jailed Friday on a charge of criminal vehicular homicide.

Authorities say Iverson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 percent, which is more than three times Minnesota’s legal limit of 0.08 percent for driving.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/MyLFaYhttps://strib.mn/MyLFaY ) reports Iverson is accused of running down Marcus Nalls, a 26-year-old chef and bicycle commuter. Nalls had lights on the front and back of his bike and was also wearing a helmet.

Iverson is expected to appear in court Monday. Prosecutors plan to seek bail of $150,000.

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