About six hours after Michele Kelm-Helgen, the chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, resigned, the CEO of the group that oversees the operation of U.S. Bank Stadium, Ted Mondale, also resigned on Thursday.
Mondale was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton six years ago to get the old Metrodome roof fixed after it collapsed and to see a new stadium bill through the legislative process. Mondale was then appointed CEO and executive director of the MSFA to, in his words, “assist in building an iconic stadium where youth sports would have the finest facility that we could offer.”
On Thursday afternoon, he joined Kelm-Helgen in resigning from the MSFA.
“I have been honored to be part of a great group of talented and dedicated individuals who put their hearts and souls in to developing this stadium, every day and through many nights,” Mondale said in a statement. “I am proud to have had the opportunity to have worked with them all.
“I feel good about my work, but it is time to move on.”
Mondale submitted his resignation to Dayton.
Kelm-Helgen, Mondale and other MSFA executives have come under criticism by Minnesota politicians after it was revealed that they had used suites at U.S. Bank Stadium to entertain family and friends during Minnesota Vikings games and other events when the suites were intended to be used to help foster additional business for the stadium.
U.S. Bank Stadium will be the site of Super Bowl 52 in February 2018, and NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and the X Games in coming years.