Could new Vikings stadium kill thousands of birds?
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The Minnesota Vikings sometimes find themselves playing teams with bird names, like the Seahawks, Ravens and Eagles. However, the Audubon Society says that the current plans for the Vikings' new glass window-heavy stadium could become a "death trap" for real birds flying around downtown Minneapolis.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars of public money is going to build this stadium, and we know the people of Minnesota do not want their money killing birds," says Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matthew Anderson. "The Vikings recently approved spending millions and millions of additional dollars to make sure the stadium is ‘iconic’ – surely they also want to make sure it’s not a death trap. We’re asking them to change their minds and do the right thing,"
The group claims that state guidelines require the stadium to have protection for birds from colliding with windows, but the Vikings and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority have "rejected calls to use safer types of glass," which they say would cost "one-tenth of one percent" of the estimated billion-dollar cost to the new facility.
According to the Audubon Society, a city council committee recommended "glazing techniques and special sight lighting" to help protect birds from colliding with the glass.
The stadium will host the Super Bowl in the winter of 2018.