Why Should Birders Be Worried About the New Vikings Stadium?

Why Should Birders Be Worried About the New Vikings Stadium?

Minnesota's pro football team just announced that they won't use bird-safe glass on its new window-heavy stadium. Here's what you need to know about the decision.

By Susan E. Matthews
Published: 07/24/2014

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Susan E. Matthews

Susan E. Matthews is the associate web editor for AudubonFollow her on Twitter @susanematthews.

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Please do the right thing,

Please do the right thing, you know it's the right thing. Set a positive precedent. Be the first kid on the NFL block to show even the most minor interest in anything besides your bottom line and see just how much positive return you'll get on so many levels! Levels you nor anyone can even imagine right now. Go on...I dare you ;-)

I can not support this

I can not support this failure of the planners of this project. Do the right thing!

1/10 of 1% REALLY? Your over

1/10 of 1% REALLY?
Your over runs will be many times that.
Please put in the bird safe glass.

Please reconsider the safety

Please reconsider the safety of our birds we love that God makes and please use the safety glass the birds won't get hit. We want to save more birds so they can live and fly free in safe world. Thank you

Please take the high road and

Please take the high road and use the glass that will protect our wildlife! This requires urgent attention.

Please spend the money to

Please spend the money to protect our wildlife. Do the responsible thing. Thank You.

Not sure why the Vikings

Not sure why the Vikings Stadium is dragging their feet here.

The Cowboys NFL Stadium, completed in 2009, has the 5,071 glass panels that make up the skin of the stadium that weigh more than 1 million pounds. It is very special glass manufactured by Viracon *based in Minnesota* - home of the Vikings! Each glass unit is comprised of two panes of .25-inch clear glass separated by a sealed air gap to provide insulation. The outer pane has a Low-E coating and a white ceramic *frit* on its inner surface. The glass frit varies from the bottom of the building to the top of the building and the *fritting* has the added benefit of converting the glass to bird friendly glass!

This is the exact same fritted, bird-friendly glass that Audubon MN proposed to the Vikings!

If Texas can get it right - why can't Minnesota?!?!? Shame.

The upper Mid West had got

The upper Mid West had got enough problems spend the money. God no you make enough.

Please, please, please

Please, please, please consider being environmentally responsible and do what's right. Bird safe glass is a small investment to make. It would make good positive press.

What is more important to you

What is more important to you money or the death of thousands of birds a year at your hands? Please reconsider and do the right thing by using bird proof glass. Thank you

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