Protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline unfurl a banner calling for the divestment of US Bank from the rafters during the second quarter of the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears game at US Bank Stadium. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Two protesters, one of whom was wearing a Brett Favre Minnesota Vikings jersey, scaled the rafters at U.S. Bank Stadium and unfurled a banner protesting the bank’s involvement in the Dakota Access Pipeline during the Vikings’ game Sunday.

Fans were cleared from the seats beneath the banner, which bore the words “DIVEST” and “#NoDAPL,” during the second quarter. The protesters continued to dangle, waving and spinning and making calls, as police and fire officials gathered. The game between the Vikings and the Chicago Bears proceeded without interruption.

“Two individuals appear to have climbed over a guardrail to access the ridge trust,” SMG, the company that runs US Bank Stadium, said in a statement. “We immediately dispatched on-site Minneapolis police and fire departments to the scene and cleared the seating section below. We are working with all stadium partners and our primary focus is on the safety of the fans and these two individuals.”

After the game, a 38-10 Vikings win, police arrested the two protesters, including a woman, for trespassing. A police spokesman said the pair was seen by medical staff but declined any treatment, adding that they will be investigated for further charges.

During the protests, organizers sent a news release to various media outlets, including the Star Tribune, quoting a climber saying, “We are here in solidarity with water protectors from Standing Rock to urge U.S. Bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline.” While dangling, the man in the Favre jersey appeared to be talking to people on a cell phone.


A protester hangs by a harness from the rafters during the Minnesota Vikings’ game in US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Protesters argue that U.S. Bank has tens of millions of dollars in credit lines with the pipeline’s parent company. “The pipeline’s route violates treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and poses a significant threat drinking water and the health of the Missouri River,” their release said.

Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for a section of pipeline early last month, President-elect Donald Trump has said he supports the pipeline’s construction.