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Man illegally climbs into new Vikings stadium, shoots photos

By Mario Eccher St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS -- The builders and operators of the new Vikings stadium aren't happy with an apparent trespasser who took a series of photos inside the under-construction building, calling the move illegal and ...

By Mario Eccher
St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS - The builders and operators of the new Vikings stadium aren’t happy with an apparent trespasser who took a series of photos inside the under-construction building, calling the move illegal and dangerous.
The photographer, Scott Heins, said he took the photos in May. He published them and an accompanying essay Wednesday on Deadspin.com.
In the essay, Heins said getting into the construction site was “shockingly easy” - he simply parked nearby, pushed open a gap in the fence and “slipped from sanctioned public space onto the rocky dirt of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.”
He then shot photos throughout the stadium, including some taken from a crane hundreds of feet off the ground.
He said he had to climb over another wall to gain access to it and at one point seemed surprised no one spotted him.
“Any watchful security guard or nearby condo resident with some binoculars could have easily spotted me and called in police,” he wrote.
In a statement, John Wood, senior vice president of stadium builder Mortenson Construction, said trespassing on construction sites is “illegal and very dangerous.”
The company and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the public entity that oversees the stadium, are “evaluating all options with local authorities to have this individual face consequences for his unlawful entry to the site,” Wood said in the statement.
He also said the company is boosting security at the site.
Heins, in the Deadspin post, describes himself as a Minnesota-born photojournalist who lives in New York and “believes cities should be experienced more freely, not just on the terms of those in power.”
Illicit urban exploration has had deadly consequences in the Twin Cities recently. Earlier this month, a University of Minnesota student died in a fall in an abandoned grain elevator in Minneapolis.
The Pioneer Press is a media partner with Forum News Service.

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