Despite Mpls pressure, Vikings, MSFA still pleading poverty on bird-safe glass

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The new Vikings stadium will feature about 200,000 square feet of glass, and the Audubon Society says birds won't be able to see any of it.
On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority to spend the money it would take to bird-proof the new Vikings stadium.

"Upgrading to bird-safe glass would add an estimated $1.1 million to the cost of the stadium, or 0.1% of the overall project budget of over $975 million," the resolution says.

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Here's another way to make the same point: The Vikings spent roughly $3 million on quarterback Josh Freeman last year and got a nationally televised one-night-only dumpster fire in return. What's $1 million compared to that?

Here's the full resolution:

City Council resolution



Last month, the Minnesota Audubon Society said officials from the MSFA and Vikings pulled out of talks the Audubon Society hoped would result in the installation of special glass with lots of small dots that signal to birds they're approaching a hard surface. Officials from the team and stadium authority say they don't have a budget for it, with the authority expressing concern the bird-proof glass might affect the translucency of the structure.

We reached out to Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson yesterday and asked if the city council resolution could result in team officials looking a bit harder to try to find money for the special glass. Here's what he said in response:
As we communicated last week, we have met with representatives of the Audubon Society multiple times and have been working collaboratively to address concerns regarding bird safety. The Vikings and the MSFA have agreed to implement the recommended operational lighting procedures to prevent bird collisions, procedures that are currently used by many of the glass buildings in downtown Minneapolis. We are also discussing the Audubon's various recommendations regarding the lighting design for the stadium.
Conspicuous by its absence is any mention of the special bird-safe glass the Audubon Society believes is key to saving bird lives.

We also contacted MSFA spokesperson Jenn Hathaway to get her organization's thoughts on the City Council vote. To read about what she said, click to page two.



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Bradley T. Smith
Bradley T. Smith

Like Aaron said, where is the concern for the birds killed by wind turbines?

Shaun McTavish
Shaun McTavish

Seriously a million birds die each year flying into glass buildings. Do you see a decrease in the number of times your car gets shit on by a bird?? NO, so everyone needs to chill the fuck out..about the birds for fuck say we've got homeless people living on the streets, staving children in our nation and people wanna flip a tit over birds flying into a stadium... come the fuck off it folks. It's call priorities!!

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Just chill. Birds told me they're going to take the green line. Problem solved.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Seriously? That's what you're concerned about? Dead bird clean up? What about the poor window washers?

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Wrong topic much? This is about birds. Have some respect.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone who has read this is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

This story is about birds Tim. Start your own topic for rational thoughts and sarcasm.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

It's made up. The birds could really care less. I know, because I speak bird.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone who has read this is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

What about the tall buildings downtown? Why don't birds go jihad on those windows?

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Birds don't pay taxes to build said stadium. F☆☆k birds!

Ryan Moe
Ryan Moe

Whatever, I'm so sick of this topic - screw the dumb birds, they will adapt per evolution and eventually we will only have birds that know what glass is. The way I see it your welcome birds, we made your species better... I do however laugh at all the people still crying about the stadium being built as of your complaining contributes anything at all. Public money should only go to schools and healthcare and roads blah blah blah - right I get it, only you can be right!

Tara Johnderson
Tara Johnderson

BS BS they could find $100 million last minute for the roof and they can find the couple extra million for the glass!

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Ya know, ignoring the fact that large glass buildings are totally natural

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke

Generally people who say "natural selection" to anything either need to go to college or have no idea what that actually means

Kevin Jay
Kevin Jay

well the hoi polloi did not want LRT thru there neighborhood,,,,,you can bet they hate birds crapping on there cars.....

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

TELL THA SKYSCRAPERS TO GO BIRD PROOF

Aaron Frederickson
Aaron Frederickson

What about wind turbines that slaughter millions of migratory birds. Fix those damn things or get rid of them first.

Karah Bausch
Karah Bausch

The same company makes the glass either way. Just save the birds, Vikings!!! I was a diehard fan - this is SHAMEFUL.

Timothy Frenning
Timothy Frenning

Should put performance minimums in the stadium bill. For example: a playoff win in the first three years etc. Otherwise the people get a certain portion of their investment back.

Kayla Corin
Kayla Corin

instead, why dont we put all the money into helping save our planet from eating us

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

The poor give so much yet the rich are poor.

Xandra Coe
Xandra Coe

I'd take the birds over the Vikings any day.

Paul Gerst
Paul Gerst

Someone needs to use CGI to make a video of the first nationally televised day game...the cameras are rolling and showing the nation our beautiful stadium...the big beautiful windows are shown and suddenly a couple dozen birds fly into the windows and are instantly killed...switch to a camera outside showing people walking below and dead birds raining down upon them. People are horrified as is the nation...black eye on MN. Video witnessed by Zig-monster and solution found and implemented. Thank you.

Breezy Belle
Breezy Belle

Because taxes have already been raised to help fund it. MN smokers are helping to fund the shiny new nonsmoking stadium.

Von Brewster
Von Brewster

I'm not a sports person too much but this makes me even more angry.... You can fly around the world to save other birds and other places, but in home turf the almighty dollar rules f*** you Vikings

John Bunch
John Bunch

Just like "green" windmills slaughter birds and bats, but they also don't get fixed.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

these dumb bastards PISS a million bucks!


NO DOUBT MSFA BOARD MEMBERS RECEIVING HEAVY KICKBACKS

Robert Coffman
Robert Coffman

Birds will learn to fly around it as they have everywhere else fuck tthese tree huggers

Chet Lemon
Chet Lemon

A shiny new, overpriced stadium isn't gonna make the vikings play better.... fucking players should pay for it, not us!

Robert Cousineau
Robert Cousineau

I know 2 cockateils personally and , they're fuckin awesome! If the stadium killed dogs ans cats it would be a serious matter

Karissa Stone
Karissa Stone

The PETA protesters will just add to the Superbowl fun, right?

Andrew Dale
Andrew Dale

Shut up city pages. If you don't like it don't go to the games.

Derek Sowl
Derek Sowl

Them windows MAY get broke by animal activists,,YA THINK? :)

Matt Vangsgard
Matt Vangsgard

Do you want dead birds all over the place???????

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