Vikings stadium: Deathtrap for birds?


POSTED: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 2:09pm

Environmentalists say new Minnesota Vikings stadium design will result in the deaths of migratory birds. Jana Shortal reports.

(KARE) While fans have hailed the design of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium as groundbreaking, a state group that advocates for the well-being of birds is calling the glass enclosed structure a "bird deathtrap".

Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matthew Anderson says despite state guidelines set to protect birds from deadly window collisions, the Minnesota Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority last week rejected calls to use safer types of glass that could prevent collisions as birds migrate along the Mississippi Corridor.

"We're talking about a billion dollar stadium here, and the cost to save perhaps thousands of migratory birds - and make the Vikings a global leader in green stadium design - is about one-tenth of one percent of that," said Anderson. "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. 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."

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