Stadium Authority

Minnesota Sports Facilites Authority

900 South 5th Street Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

(612) 332-0386

Board Members


Michele Kelm-Helgen is chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. She was a senior staff member in the Dayton administration during the stadium negotiations. She is also a former chief of staff for the Minnesota Senate, and once a staffer for Gov. Wendell Anderson. She has been a consultant and school board chair in the past.



Duane Benson was a GOP state senator from Lanesboro from 1980 to 1994. After that, he served as executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership. He was also drafted into the NFL and played for 11 years as a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers. Benson serves on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.



Barbara Butts Williams Dean of Business, School of Business and Technology at Capella University. She is a former St. Paul Companies executive, and served on the Metropolitan Council during the administration of Gov. Arne Carlson. She also has an NFL connection: her late husband, John Williams, was a Gophers football standout, and a veteran of the Colts, Rams — and a pair of Super Bowls. He died in 2012.


John Griffith is executive vice president of property development for the Target forporation. He is responsible for real estate, construction, architecture, engineering, store planning, design, facilities management, property operations for the discount chain. He’s been with Target since 1999, and is a trustee at Bethel University, and the Minneapolis Downtown Council.



Bill McCarthy is president of the Minnesota Labor Federation, an affiliation of 75,000 workers from 125 unions in the area, ranging from construction workers to nurses. A one-time part-time bartender, he became active in HERE, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees. He worked business agent and president for the union from 1987 to 2002. McCarthy is also on the board of directors of the Twin Cities United Way.




Ted Mondale, executive director, served two terms as a DFL state senator. He ran unsuccessfully for the DFL gubernatorial endorsement in 1998. He was subsequently appointed to Reform Party Gov. Jesse Ventura’s cabinet as Metropolitan Council chairman, and the agency built the Hiawatha light rail line on his watch. He worked recently as a vice president for Greater MSP, a St. Paul-based civic organization.



Jay Lindgren, general counsel, is a partner at Dorsey Whitney. His was regional administrator for the Metropolitan Council while Ted Mondale was chair from 1999 to 2003. He is known widely as a real estate and development attorney, working on high-profile projects like aborted Bridges of St. Paul development.



Scott Stenman, project manager, will work on stadium bidding, design and construction. He is development director for Hammes Company Sports Development, a Madison, Wis. based real estate consulting firm. Parent company Hammes is principally known for administering health care projects, but branched out into stadiums. The firm has worked on the Lambeau Field renovation in Green Bay, and was the project manager for MetLife stadium, the new home for the New York Giants and the New York Jets in New Jersey. Stenman previous worked for Related Westpac, a ski community development near Aspen, as well as director of development for Vail Resorts. He was also project manager for the Detroit Lions’ Ford Field.

All photos from Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Jay Lindgren, Scott Stenman photo from MPR.