New Security Companies Say They're Ready for Sunday's Game at US Bank Stadium

September 29, 2017 06:31 PM

The two firms picked to be in charge of security at U.S. Bank Stadium say they're ready for Sunday's game.

On Friday, SMG introduced the replacement firms G4S Secure Solutions and Whelan Security.

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"We are confident that everything is in great shape" Rick Evans, the executive director of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said.

Earlier in the week, the contract for Monterrey Security was terminated. An investigation revealed the company allowed people with disqualifying conditions like a criminal past to hold security jobs. In addition, the audit found problems with training of licensed security personnel and a lack of record keeping around the hiring process. 

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"It wasn't related to safety and security factors, it was related to administrative, mishandling of matters," Evans said. 

Now many of those former Monterrey employees are finding work with the new firms. 

"We've worked hard at recruiting all of Monterrey's employees who were employed by them to ensure a seamless transition, but also to give them an opportunity to work at the stadium if they so choose," Patrick Talty, with SMG, said.

Both firms have plenty of experience covering big events for professional teams, including one who used to do security at the Metrodome.

"We're very familiar with the expectations in what we're looking for from a staffing firm in this facility," Jeff Spoerndle, vice president of Whelan Security, said.

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Whelan's main focus will be on game and event security.

"We are very excited for Sunday and look forward to being at full staff," Spoerndle said. 

G4S will provide around-the-clock security.

"We're comfortable with the staffing, all the positions will be filled," said Kevin Stewart, with G4S Secure Solutions. 

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To maintain team and fan safety on Sunday and beyond, both firms trained and hosted job fairs this week, bringing in many former Monterrey employees.

"They're caught in the middle and victims of an unfortunate circumstance," Stewart said. 

G4S says 25 of the 28 former Monterrey officers are in the hiring process. Whelan cleared 350 employees of their own.

"The BCA has been extremely (helpful) ensuring that all those employees follow the proper procedures with background checks," Spoerndle said. 

Come Sunday fans will likely not notice a difference, but you can't put a price on peace of mind.

"The facility was always secure, is secure and I feel very confident will continue to be secure," Michael Vekich, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said.
 

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