Local organizers of National Senior Games owe Minneapolis $300K


The National Senior Games held in Minnesota this summer failed to pay its $300,000 bill for renting the Minneapolis Convention Center, according to reports.

The July event was deemed a success, drawing more than 10,000 athletes ages 50 and older from around the country to compete in 19 athletic events.

But the $303,000 bill to use the Minneapolis Convention Center was due more than two weeks ago, and a spokesperson for the city told the Star Tribune it's very rare for a bill that large to go unpaid.

Dave Mona, vice chair of the local organizing committee for the 2015 games, told MPR News they were about $500,000 short of their budget because a major sponsor fell through, and state funding did not get approved by lawmakers during the legislative session.

Fundraising proved to be challenging, Mona told the Star Tribune, saying they were competing against other events – like the 2018 Super Bowl bid. But he says they are still trying to raise money to cover the debt, MPR News notes.

The National Senior Games Association is a nonprofit corporation that is a recognized multi-sport organization of the United States Olympic Committee, the organization's website says.

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