Vikings sue Wells Fargo, claim signs are a 'photo bomb' of new stadium


The Vikings are suing Wells Fargo over the installation of raised signs near the new stadium.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and it claims Wells Fargo is trying to "permanently photo bomb" U.S. Bank Stadium's image.

Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley says they had an agreement regarding competitor advertising, the Star Tribune reports.

According to the suit, the two parties agreed Wells Fargo would only use roof signs that are as long as 56 feet, and flat on the surface of the roof. But the Vikings say Wells Fargo is constructing new mounted and illuminated signs, which violates the agreement.

Bagley tells Minnesota Public Radio they've been trying to address the violation with Wells Fargo.

"We objected repeatedly. ... This is our last resort," the team's vice president told the station.

So the Minnesota Vikings Football Stadium LLC, known as StadCo, is asking the court to stop Wells Fargo from putting up their signs. Their request will be presented to District Court Judge James Moore on Dec. 30, the Star Tribune says.

The signs on top of the buildings were a concern as far back as two years ago. But the bank closed on their deal to purchase the buildings – which are adjacent to the stadium – in March, 2014.

John Hobot, a Wells Fargo spokesperson, has said in a statement that the company is "satisfied with the signage package that was approved," according to MPR.

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