SBD/August 27, 2013/Facilities

Vikings To Provide More Financial Data For Audit Of Wilfs As Stadium Concerns Grow

Vikings officials have "agreed to provide analysts with more financial information" on team co-Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, but "fears continue to grow that construction of a new football stadium in downtown Minneapolis is falling behind schedule," according to Richard Meryhew of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said, "I’m really concerned right now that 2 1/2 years ahead of the opening, we’re already looking at potentially a one-month delay." An attorney working on an audit of the Wilfs said despite "multiple requests" for the information, the Wilfs had, to date, "refused to provide us with any personal financial information." Kelm-Helgen yesterday said that Vikings attorneys "relented over the weekend, pledging to provide that paperwork." Kelm-Helgen added that as of yesterday afternoon, authority attorneys "had yet to receive the information." But she said she is "cautiously optimistic" it will be delivered. Kelm-Helgen said that Mark Wilf told her yesterday that the Vikings have "no intention of returning to the negotiating table to hammer out the lease and development agreements until the audit is complete, which could push back the construction timeline by a month" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/27).
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