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Stadium Protesters Had Tickets To Vikings Game, Concealed Gear

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

(credit: Eric Wall via Twitter/ @therealericwall)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials with U.S. Bank Stadium said Tuesday a group of protesters at Sunday’s Vikings game had tickets and concealed equipment for their protest under winter clothing.

Three people were arrested Sunday after two of them, Sen Holiday and Karl Zimmermann, rappelled from stadium rafters next to a banner that read “U.S. Bank, DIVEST #NoDAPL.” The incident started in the second quarter of the Vikings victory over the Bears, and they remained there for the rest of the game.

Authorities at the scene had them stay there due to safety reasons and to avoid confrontation with other fans after the game. Other Vikings fans in seats below were evacuated by stadium workers due to safety concerns.

(credit: Eric Wall via Twitter/ @therealericwall)

SMG, a managing partner of U.S. Bank Stadium, said in a statement Tuesday that Holiday and Zimmermann entered the stadium as ticketed guests. They brought in nylon rope, a number of carabiners and the banner that hung from the stadium rafters under their winter clothing. The items were distributed among the protesters, and went undetected by stadium security workers.

SMG officials said they had nothing visible that violated U.S Bank Stadium policies. Officials also said they gained unauthorized access to the ridge truss by scaling physical barriers designed to prevent entry. SMG said the safety of all guests at U.S. Bank Stadium continues to be primary concern for all stadium partners.

Holiday and Zimmermann both spoke at a news conference Tuesday near U.S. Bank Stadium, but would not address how they got their equipment in. Their focus was keeping the attention on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Source:: CBS Minnesota

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