Well, here’s a new kind of football blooper.
Two individuals climbed the rafters at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, rolling out a big banner from a ridge truss. The homemade sign reads: “Divest #NoDAPL,” with the U.S. Bank logo at the top. U.S. Bank is one of many banks funding the pipeline.
The protestors are pretty much just hanging out with their giant arts and crafts project, taking in the scene and performing some repelling tricks. And yes, they’re doing this all while the Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings Week 17 NFL game plays out a few hundred feet beneath them. Naturally, one is wearing a Brett Favre Vikings jersey. You know, to fit in.
Watch some of the (way) above-the-field action here:
This guy is repelling upside down inside US Bank Stadium pic.twitter.com/FWNjjQ7pYU
— Dave Schwartz (@Dave_Schwartz) January 1, 2017
And some good still shots of the crazy scene:
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) January 1, 2017
— Red Haircrow (@redhaircrow) January 1, 2017
Don’t worry you guys, security is on it.
“Two individuals appear to have climbed over a guard rail to access the ridge truss. We immediately dispatched on-site Minneapolis police and fire departments to the scene and cleared the seating section below,” SMG, the company that runs the venue, told TheWrap in a statement. “We are working with all stadium partners, and our primary focus is on the safety of the fans and these two individuals. Officials are actively working to get them down safely. We will continue to update media on the situation.”
U.S. Bank Stadium is the home of 2018’s Super Bowl 52. We’ll see if they get these two down before then.