A group of protesters rappelled down a banner declaring anti-Dakota Access Pipeline messaging at U.S. Bank Stadium, according to Minneapolis police. According to photos from the game, the banner, stating “DIVEST #NoDAPL,” was hung from a beam inside the stadium.The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline. Opponents contend the pipeline could affect drinking water and Native American artifacts. watch more..
Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline will be safe. WCCO was informed that security cleared out several rows underneath the banner in case the protesters fall. In a statement, stadium operator SMG said two people “climbed over a guard rail to access the ridge truss.” The message said they immediately called Minneapolis police and fire departments, and began clearing seats. “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.”Police said they are waiting until the stadium empties after the game to deal with the protesters as to avoid a public confrontation. Just before two, firefighters were traveling up the beam the banner was on.