Comment of the Day: Being honest about bird-unsafe glass at Vikings stadium

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The new Vikings stadium will feature about 200,000 square feet of bird-unsafe glass.
First, the Vikings pleaded poverty in response to requests to spend about $1 million on bird-safe glass at the new stadium.

But in the wake of Friday's announcement that Zygi and Mark Wilf are spending their own dough to cover $46.1 million in stadium-related cost overruns, that's no longer a tenable position.

So team spokesman Jeff Anderson came clearn about why the stadium won't feature bird-safe glass. In other words, to put it bluntly, the team is prioritizing aesthetics over bird lives.

That being said, our comment of the day goes to the Audubon Society, the organization that led the charge for the bird-safe glass, who succinctly summarized the Vikings' changing position on the issue while tweeting out a link to our latest stadium coverage:

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Deborah Dopp
Deborah Dopp

You can put lipstick on a pigskin, but you can't make it aesthetically pleasing.

Deborah Dopp
Deborah Dopp

What a lovely cathedral of glittery death!

Jeff Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz

The best thing that will ever happen at that stadium will have nothing to do with the vikings.

Laurie Sadowski
Laurie Sadowski

I hope the Vikings stadium annihilates specific birds like the falcons, eagles, cardinals Seahawks and might as well throw in some bears, lions, broncos and dolphins.

Colette Illarde
Colette Illarde

Way to NOT be progressive, Eco-friendly or educational, Vikings. Too bad they decided against the windows that would make the new stadium stand out as extra special.

washingmachine87
washingmachine87

This could be a terrible mess. I vote we install lasers that will eradicate these birds before they come close to smashing into this brand new building made of glass. ...This has never been THAT big of a problem in the grand scheme of glass buildings and bird population anyways.

Drew Miller Parks
Drew Miller Parks

Get over it….there will not be piles of dead birds forming around the stadium. How many buildings out there are all constructed with bird safe glass. I am a fan of nature and the worlds natural wonders, but all this complaining about the vikings not using bird safe glass is kind of a joke. Just another thing for people to get up in arms about and spread around social media, because thats what we do these days. I guarantee more birds will die from ferrel cats than this stadium. Does the Audubon Society have the numbers of bird deaths taken by Windmills around the world? I suppose death by green energy is not a good jumping off point. People's disgust portrayed in their comments is almost comical, relative to the onion.

Mike Lindsay
Mike Lindsay

How about some fake eagles, hawks, owls mounted all around it?

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

44% of bird deaths due to collisions with buildings are residential structures. The largest anthropogenic cause of deaths to birds is pet and feral domestic cats. Consider this as you prepare your self-righteous rant.

Ryan Moe
Ryan Moe

Smh at your reply - I like to troll I guess. Or perhaps I wanted to express my late night thoughts on the matter.

Jason Suess
Jason Suess

So what happens when it's not just a sparrow or a robin? What happens when it's a bald eagle.....there should be no debate, this stadium is paid for in good part by the taxpayers of Minnesota if you folks say the special glass should be installed the Vikings and the builders should be forced to comply!!!

Dave Kjellberg
Dave Kjellberg

I'm sure Migrating birds are gonna flock to see the new stadium. It's gonna be like the Hitchcock movie. Lmao...gimme a break.

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt

But you took the time to comment and let's all know. Smh

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt

Why does the state not just pass something to make them do it? It is our taxes paying for most of it. And birds run into regular office building glass all the time. Are we making every business do it?

Tara Johnderson
Tara Johnderson

The issue is with migrating birds that don't stay in MN, the birds that do stay around (pigeons, falcons, and so on) will adjust.

Ryan Moe
Ryan Moe

Or we can complain about the same article being rewritten multiple times without any further news... I like my idea. I don't want to unfollow, I just want originality and not reruns!

Ryan Moe
Ryan Moe

Hi I'm Ryan, now you do!

Ryan Moe
Ryan Moe

Oh shut up. If the Vikings give in now because of this stupid City Pages attack I'd be baffled. You are disliked so much that you are likely doing more harm then good to this cause. I would not give in if I were the owners because screw City Pages. Everyday you have something to say about this! I miss the days you only had print, it forced you to be selective in your writings.

Brad Benson
Brad Benson

It's gonna be funny when the birds fly around it just like every other building made of nonbird-safe downtown

Beth Edwards
Beth Edwards

Another reason not to give a rats ass about the Vikings.

Mary Aho
Mary Aho

So it will be pretty much like every other building in the city then.

Stacy Olson
Stacy Olson

put em on a stick & sell them for $10. hell, make it $15. you're at the game.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

The more I hear about this the less I care. Also, as others have mentioned, birds aren't flying into other buildings at a large rate. Is it the bird safe glass or that nature learns to adapt?

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

You would think there's a compromise available in there somewhere...

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane

I was wondering why I didn't see the changes to the glass for the birds' benefit in the additional 46m's features.

Jon Eisenberg
Jon Eisenberg

Their paid staff will clean up the dead birds every morning and periodically during the day so fans and visitors won't usually see them. Predictions on estimated time from opening moment until people start posting comments, "gee, I was there today and didn't see any dead birds"?

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

They want the stadium to look pretty. They don't care about the 1 million it costs

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Sorry you think everything but people are disposable

Derrick Chamberlain
Derrick Chamberlain

They were talking about this on MPR today but it makes you wonder if the Minnesota Mascot was a bird, would they still care?

Kaelynn Dusosky
Kaelynn Dusosky

I just keep thinking about the windex commercials with the two birds...

grhiss13
grhiss13

personally I think it's a wrist of money.

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