Super Bowl LII host committee included strip club in NFL vendor guide
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee was left doing damage control after a Twin Cities strip club managed to get it its Business Connect Resource Guide.
Super Bowl LII will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2017. As part of its contributions to preparing for the onslaught of visitors, the aforementioned Business Connect Resource Guide was compiled, which sought to highlight women- and ethnic-owned businesses in the region.
Unfortunately, King of Diamonds, a “gentleman’s club” located in the suburb of Inver Grove Heights, somehow made the list of appropriately 400 businesses. But to be fair to the Host Committee, King of Diamonds — which is indeed a women-owned business — was submitted for inclusion as Kladek Inc.
The Host Committee issued a statement calling the club’s inclusion an accident.
“Kladek Inc. [the business behind King of Diamonds] was one of more than 1,000 businesses that applied, listing themselves as a women-owned business,” the host committee said in a statement, via the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. “It should not have made the list of the 400-plus businesses in our Business Resource Directory and it has been removed, as it was clearly an error. We have taken the directory offline to thoroughly audit each of the remaining businesses on the list.”
It goes without saying that visitors to Super Bowl host cities undoubtedly will seek out such establishments. But it goes without saying that the Host Committee actually promoting a strip club isn’t a good look.
“Obviously, they should never have been included,” Super Bowl spokeswoman Andrea Mokros said, via the Star Tribune. “Kladek Inc. was one of more than 1,000 businesses that applied, and it should not have made the list of the 400-plus businesses in our Business Resource Directory.”
Mokros indicated the directory has been removed from the Host Committee’s site. She adds the committee intends to “thoroughly audit” the remaining businesses on the list.