MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - U.S. Bank Stadium security data requested by Fox 9 shows how many knives, guns and other weapons were kept out of the stadium during its first 6 months of operation.
During Minnesota Vikings preseason and regular season games, security confiscated 43 knives. There were no guns confiscated at the gates, but two firearms were checked into the stadium security gun lockers during the Vikings season.
Security confiscated 20 “other weapons” during Vikings home games, but “other weapons” is a broad definition that includes items like mace or even a flask filled with alcohol.
“These could be considered any of the prohibited items on our stadium security list that may be used to harm others,” a stadium spokesperson said in a statement.
U.S. Bank Stadium also hosted two soccer games, two concerts and two Monster Jam events during the period covered in the Fox 9 data request. During those events, security confiscated 52 knives and 74 “other weapons.” Four guns were checked into the security lockers at non-football events.
Weapons confiscated at Minnesota Vikings games
Aug. 28, 2016 Vikings vs Chargers: No items confiscated
Sept. 1, 2016 Vikings vs Rams: 8 knives, 3 other weapons
Sept. 18, 2016 Vikings vs Packers: 6 knives, 2 other weapons
Oct. 3, 2016 Vikings vs Giants: 5 knives, 12 other weapons
Oct. 9, 2016 Vikings vs Texans: 4 knives
Nov. 20, 2016 Vikings vs Cardinals: 4 knives, 1 other weapon
Dec. 1, 2016 Vikings vs Cowboys: 11 knives
Dec. 18 Vikings vs Colts: 5 knives confiscated, 1 firearm checked at the gun locker
Jan. 1 Vikings vs Bears: 2 other weapons confiscated, 1 firearms checked at the gun locker
Weapons confiscated at other U.S. Bank Stadium events
Aug. 3, 2016 AC Milan vs Chelsea soccer match: 6 knives, 15 other weapons. 4 guns stopped at the gates, 4 firearms checked at the gun lockers.
Aug. 19, 2016 Luke Bryan concert: 15 knives, 32 other weapons
Aug. 20, 2016 Metallica concert: 12 knives, 24 other weapons
Oct. 23, 2016 US Women’s Soccer: 4 knives, 1 other weapon
Dec. 10, 2016 Monster Jam: 7 knives, 1 other weapons
Dec. 11, 2016 Monster Jam: 8 knives, 2 other weapons