Vikings and Wells Fargo’s sign dispute moves to federal court

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The Vikings’ lawsuit against Wells Fargo over a rooftop sign dispute is now in federal court.

The football team alleges Wells Fargo is violating an agreement by installing mounted and illuminated rooftop signs on its two new 17-story officers towers, essentially photo bombing the new stadium during television broadcasts. 

The complaint states: “This prohibited action must be stopped immediately because not only do the new signs violate the parties’ agreement, they also adversely affect U.S. Bank Stadium’s iconic image.”

The Vikings assert that their agreement with Wells Fargo only allows non-mounted and non-illuminated rooftop signs so they wouldn’t complete with the stadium’s U.S. Bank logo.

The team is seeking a court order mandating Wells Fargo remove the rooftop signs and lose its right to place any new rooftop signage on the towers.

Meanwhile, John Hobot, a spokesman for Wells Fargo, said: “We are satisfied with the signage package that was approved for our new campus in the historic Downtown East neighborhood and we will vigorously defend our case in federal court.”

The Vikings announced a 20-year naming rights deal with U.S. Bank for the stadium in June, but declined to disclose terms of the deal.

Construction on the $1.1 billion stadium is about 85 percent complete. The Vikings are scheduled to play their first pre-season game in the new stadium in August 2016.

Ryan Companies is overseeing construction of the Wells Fargo towers as part of a $400 million development project next to the stadium. The office towers are on track to open by April 2016.

The new Commons park will be located in front of the towers — a 4.2-acre green space that is being designed by Hargreaves Associates.