(Valley News Live) - UPDATE: A group of protesters have 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.
WCCO was informed that security cleared out several rows underneath the banner in case the protesters fall.
U.S. Bank Stadium released a SMG statement saying 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.
One of the climbers is confirmed as Karl Zimmerman from South Minneapolis.
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Viewers sent us the pictures and said there were two men hanging from the ceiling on ropes and put up a banner that said U.S. Bank Divest #nodapl.
The viewer said as of 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, police were trying to get the men down.
Authorities cleared the sections below the climbers for safety purposes.
We will have more information as it becomes available.