FARGO — The Minnesota Vikings have won a $1.4 million judgment against a Fargo-based company, stemming from a claim made by the NFL team that the company stopped making payments on the rental of a suite at U.S. Bank Stadium.
According to North Dakota court documents, the Vikings are seeking payment of $1,435,857.62 from Stadium Entertainment Partners LLC.
The North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office says Stadium Entertainment Partners is a limited liability corporation incorporated in 2014 and dissolved in 2020. Its address is listed as 1201 Page Drive, Suite 100 in Fargo.
A source with knowledge of the situation who declined to be named said Stadium Entertainment Partners was a group of businesses that formed an LLC to lease a U.S. Bank Stadium suite. After doing so, the group learned it didn’t have access to the suite for certain events so it looked to negotiate a new agreement with the Vikings, who refused.
An article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal from February 2020 said Stadium Entertainment Partners agreed in August 2016 to lease a suite at U.S. Bank Stadium from the 2016-17 football season through the 2022-23 season, according to records from the case.
The journal reported Stadium Entertainment Partners stopped making payments on its turf suite, which is a suite on the ground floor that has a field-level patio, citing sources who wished to not be named.
The article said the Vikings went to the American Arbitration Association in 2019, which ruled in favor of the team. The AAA is a not-for-profit entity that provides dispute-resolution services to individuals and organizations who wish to resolve conflicts out of court, according to its website.
The Vikings went to Hennepin County District Court in 2020 to effectively force the defendant to pay. The team moved the case to North Dakota courts this year for the same reason.
In September 2019, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the AAA ruled in the Vikings’ favor for the amounts of:
- Legal damages: $1.3 million
- Prejudgement interest: $52,012
- Attorneys’ fees and costs: $25,061
- Admin fees and expenses of the arbitration association: $7,700
- Compensation and expenses of the arbitrators: $4,668
The business journal story says Stadium Entertainment Partners shared the same Fargo mailing address with Orange Property Management, saying that Michael Marcil is listed as the registered agent for both companies. Orange Property manages more than 800 units across North Dakota and Minnesota, according to its website.
When contacted about the judgment, Marcil said he has nothing to do with Stadium Entertainment Partners.
“Orange Property Management LLC. is a tenant in a south Fargo office building along with several other companies who share a same primary street address that have individual business suites. Orange has never had any ownership, affiliation or involvement with Stadium Entertainment Partners LLC whatsoever and is frustrated the company name was inappropriately used by the Vikings in this matter when legal notifications were sent to the Stadium Entertainment Partners LLC registered agent,” Marcil said in an email.
Marcil said he was mistakenly listed as the registered agent for Stadium Partners, without his knowledge, which is why his name is included on court documents.
“I personally have no involvement with this business and have never had any personal ownership in the company,” he said. “But one of the businesses I do have affiliation with did have limited past involvement (indirectly) as a minority investor but has not been involved since 2016.”
Mark Johnson of the Greene Espel Law Firm in Minneapolis, who represents the Vikings, declined comment other than to confirm the team is seeking payment in North Dakota.
Stadium Entertainment Partners’ attorney listed in North Dakota court documents, Beverley Adams of the Fredrikson & Byron law firm in Fargo, said she does not represent the company.
“I am involved in this matter, though, along with a number of other N.D. counsel,” Adams said in an email. “It is a pending legal matter so I am not able to have any conversations relating to the details of my involvement.”