The following item by Brian Lambert appeared in the June 4, 2014 edition of MinnPost. It refers to the article posted below. The link leads to the original article in the Southwest Journal.
Vikings, Stadium Authority have claim to two months of ‘The Yard’
Sometimes-colleague David Brauer, writing in the Southwest Journal: http://www.southwestjournal.com/voices/voices/downtown-easts-yard-gets-increasingly-privatized looks …just a bit closer at the details of the Vikings/private interests’ claim to use of “The Yard,” the supposedly great public space to be constructed in front of The People’s Stadium. “In a Star Tribune op-ed Rybak noted an original deal gave the Vikes ‘use of the Yard for all 10 home games, and the stadium operators got 10 additional days. That’s a lot.’ What Rybak didn’t say was that in the final month of his own administration, a term sheet: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@clerk/documents/webcontent/wcms1p-117911.pdf gave the Vikings 22 days and the Authority 40 days — two full months. That’s a lot.” What “the people” need more than a stadium is their own army of contract attorneys.