- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Security is being boosted at the new Vikings stadium after a photojournalist gained access to the under-construction building.

The Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1LnkiJY ) reports photographer Scott Heins took a series of photos of the stadium in May. He published them to Deadspin.com on Wednesday with an accompanying essay that said gaining access to the construction site was “shockingly easy.”

“Any watchful security guard or nearby condo resident with some binoculars could have easily spotted me and called in police,” Heins wrote.

Heins pushed open a gap in the fence surrounding the construction site and shot photos throughout the stadium, including some taken from a crane hundreds of feet off the ground. The photographer notes that he was on-site for about two hours.

John Wood, senior vice president of stadium builder Mortenson Construction, issued a statement this week warning of the dangers of trespassing on construction sites and vowing to boost security at the site.

Wood also wrote that the construction firm company and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the group overseeing the stadium, are working with local authorities to have Heins face consequences for his unlawful entry.

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