Court papers were filed Tuesday by the Minnesota Vikings and competing local banks.
The Vikings are no strangers to dealing with opposing banking institutions. For the last year-plus, the organization has been touting the opening of the iconic U.S. Bank Stadium – all the while temporarily playing in TCF Bank Stadium.
The problem, however is with a neighbor of the new stadium – yet another competing banking institution in Wells Fargo & Co.
According to the court filing, the Vikings claim Wells Fargo is in violation of an agreement the two struck in February 2014 regarding the specifics of the signs of a competing bank that would be just two blocks away from U.S. Bank Stadium
In the complaint, the Vikings claimed that Wells Fargo officials plan to “permanently photo bomb” the image of U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings are looking for a court injunction to force the changing of the current signage on the Wells Fargo building.
The suit alleges that the Vikings and Wells Fargo reached a mutual agreement on the company’s plan to install 56-foot signs to both of its 17-story office towers in downtown Minneapolis next to the stadium. The suit files that the signs are large and too bright and the purpose of both of those is to sneak the Wells Fargo logo into future images of U.S. Bank Stadium.
Per the lawsuit, “Wells Fargo has recently started installing mounted and illuminated rooftop signs that do not conform to the parties’ agreement in an effort to permanently ‘photobomb’ the image of the iconic U.S. Bank Stadium. Agreeing to any rooftop signs was a major concession, given that (Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority) had the ability to prohibit any and all rooftop and other exterior signage on the Wells Fargo towers.”
In a statement, Wells Fargo spokesperson John Hobot said, “We are satisfied with the signage package that was approved for our $300 million community investment initiative for our new campus in the historic Downtown East neighborhood.”
It sounds like flowery legal language is already being spoken.
A first hearing of the filing will be heard next Wednesday in hopes of having a judge issue an injunction to block the continued construction of the Wells Fargo signage.
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