Security to increase at Vikings stadium site

Security will be increased at the Vikings stadium site and action sought against trespassing photographer, says the VP of Mortenson Construction.

Security is being boosted at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium after a photojournalist gained access to the under-construction building.

Photographer Scott Heins took a series of photos of the stadium in May. He published them to Deadspin.com on Wednesday with an accompanying essay that said gaining access to the construction site was “shockingly easy.”

“Any watchful security guard or nearby condo resident with some binoculars could have easily spotted me and called in police,” Heins wrote.

Heins pushed open a gap in the fence surrounding the construction site and shot photos throughout the stadium, including some taken from a crane hundreds of feet off the ground. The photographer notes that he was on-site for about two hours.

John Wood, senior vice president of stadium builder Mortenson Construction, issued a statement this week warning of the dangers of trespassing on construction sites and vowing to boost security at the site.

Wood also wrote that the construction firm company and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the group overseeing the stadium, are working with local authorities to have Heins face consequences for his unlawful entry.


Stadium board treasurer resigns
The treasurer of the board overseeing the Vikings stadium has quit, saying he can’t work with its chairwoman.

The Star Tribune reports former state senator Duane Benson announced his resignation at the end of Friday’s meeting of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. He accused the chairwoman, Michele Kelm-Helgen, of calling him untrustworthy and a liar during a private phone conversation over pay equity.

Benson - a former NFL linebacker for Oakland, Atlanta and Houston - says he notified Gov. Mark Dayton he’ll step down as of Aug 1.

Kelm-Helgen says she doesn’t recall calling Benson a liar. She says he’s just dissatisfied with the structure of the board.

Beson says he doesn’t understand why both Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale are acting as CEOs on the project.


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