'Urban explorer' trespasses into new Vikings stadium, takes incredible photos

An "urban explorer" and photographer trespassed into the new Vikings stadium and posted an incredible photo gallery on deadspin.com Wednesday. The so-called "illicit tour of the new Vikings stadium" is receiving national attention. VIEW GALLERY

Scott Heins describes himself as "a writer, photojournalist, and urban explorer born in Minnesota and living in New York City." He said he believes cities should be experienced more freely, not just on the terms of those in power.

Although Vikings fans and photographers were impressed by his work, Mortenson Construction wrote in a statement to Fox 9 that Heins should be facing consequences for trespassing.

"Trespassing on construction sites is illegal and very dangerous," the company said. "We take this situation very seriously and we are evaluating all options with local authorities to have this individual face consequences for his unlawful entry to the site and to further increase security after hours."

Mortenson Construction said the incident appears to have occurred after hours once workers had left and locked the site gates for the day.

"On a warm evening last month I parked my car on Chicago Avenue, not far from the stadium, and with camera gear in tow headed over to look at the site's outermost barrier—a mix of chain-link fence and plastic barricades," Heins wrote in his deadspin post. "A simple push against the fence opened a human-sized gap a few feet off the ground and in seconds I slipped from sanctioned public space onto the rocky dirt of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority."

Heins climbed hundreds of feet over a temporary wall in order to get shots of the stadium from above.

"Roughly 20 stories above the field, at eye-level with the skyscrapers of downtown Minneapolis, I felt exhilarated and exposed," he wrote. "Any watchful security guard or nearby condo resident with some binoculars could have easily spotted me and called in police."

It's unclear whether or not any charges have been filed yet against Hein, but Mortenson Construction said they are in the process of working with authorities.

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