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Fans would shoulder more burden if Vikings use 'seat licenses' to fund stadium

"Seat licensing" is one financing option that not many people are talking about in the current debate, but it is an option. Fans would have to buy seat licenses then pay for game tickets separately. MPR explains the seat license usually comes with other benefits, like free parking, and fans are free to sell their license.
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"Seat licensing" is one financing option that not many people are talking about in the current debate, but it is an option. Fans would have to buy seat licenses then pay for game tickets separately. MPR explains the seat license usually comes with other benefits, like free parking, and fans are free to sell their license.

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