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Dozens of weapons confiscated at Minnesota Vikings games

Security at U.S. Bank Stadium confiscated dozens of weapons during Minnesota Vikings games.

While the Minnesota Vikings’ season finale at U.S. Bank Stadium gained more national attention for two oil pipeline protesters rappelling from a truss at the stadium with a banner, security at the stadium stopped more than 50 weapons from entering the stadium during games in the 2016 season.

According to CBS, security at the stadium stopped 43 knives and 20 “other weapons” from entering the stadium during Vikings games, but none of those was a gun. The other weapons could be something like mace or “any other banned item that could be used to harm others.”

While it might seem like a lot of weapons confiscated at Vikings games, other events at the stadium actually ended up with more items seized. With six other big events, such as concerts or soccer games, security seized 52 knives and 74 other weapons at the gate, according to CBS.

During those events, four guns were taken and put into the stadium’s gun locker. Between Vikings games and other events, about 200 weapons were confiscated at the gates of U.S. Bank Stadium from its opening for events in August until January.

U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, but it also is preparing to host the Super Bowl in February 2018. However, that event security is handled by the NFL and faces even more intense security measures, like a perimeter even further away from the stadium than is required for Vikings games.

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