Lawmakers Say Tighter Oversight on Stadium Security Needed

Lawmakers Say Tighter Oversight on Stadium Security Needed Photo: KSTP

October 12, 2017 06:43 PM

Minnesota lawmakers say security operations and other management at US Bank Stadium needs greater legislative oversight after serious problems were uncovered with Monterrey Security, a firm that has since been fired.

"There is no way in a million years would I have said yeah, 'this is the right firm to hire given all the problems,'" said Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, chairwoman of the House State Government Finance Committee.

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The committee held a hearing about stadium security on Thursday.

An audit of Monterrey's work at U.S. Bank Stadium and an investigation by a state board that licenses security firms uncovered many problems. They discovered the company bused in security workers from Chicago, didn't properly train many security guards and hired dozens of workers who had, "disqualifying criminal histories."

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"One of their guards was wearing an ankle bracelet (on the job) because of terroristic threats to the FBI," Greg Cook, of the Minnesota Board of Private Detective and Protective Agents, testifyed at the hearing.

Lawmakers also had pointed questions for the general manager of SMG, the company that manages U.S. Bank Stadium. They wanted to know why they didn't audit Monterrey until outside sources pointed out problems.

"In our contract we had that audit provision in place and when, 10 months into our contract, we had red flags ... we didn't wait, we executed that audit," Patrick Talty, of SMG, said.

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SMG also manages Soldier Field in Chicago, where Monterrey is based and still provides security services.

Anderson says her committee will hold another hearing to further examine the role of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority in the hiring of Monterrey.

 

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