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New Vikings stadium raises bird concerns

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The new Vikings stadium will resemble in many respects a gigantic terrarium, with plenty of glass under which humans will be potentially baking.  But that’s still better than what it may do to the birds.

Deadspin recently pointed out a press release from Audubon Minnesota, which accuses the Vikings of creating a “death trap” for our fine, feathered friends (except when one of those bastards craps on my toupee).

“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,” Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matthew Anderson said.  “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.  We’re asking them to change their minds and do the right thing.”

The issue isn’t a new one.  For months, concerns have been raised regarding the importance of making sure that birds won’t fly into what they believe to not be a giant slab of glass.

Per the release, Audubon Minnesota “communicated regularly with stadium developers until April 2014, when they were told that another meeting would be scheduled before a July 15 decision on the type of glass to be used.”  The meeting allegedly was canceled, and on July 17 Audubon Minnesota was told that there would be no change in the stadium glass.

Apparently, someone decided it would be cheaper to pay someone to pick up all those dead birds from the stadium grounds over the next 30 or 40 years than it will be to fix the glass.  Those costs may go up when dead birds start landing on toupees.

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  1. dynaflashtech says: Jul 25, 2014 4:48 PM

    Dunno that the LTFE glass needed comes in a “bird proof” variant.

  2. rodvmunchiii says: Jul 25, 2014 4:50 PM

    I used to work at a KFC that had normal fast food glass windows and those idiot birds would kill themselves about once a week or so by flying into the side of the place. Birds are extremely stupid (thus the term bird-brain) and thus get what they deserve.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 25, 2014 4:51 PM

    Just erect a scarecrow on the roof.

  4. mypercyhurts2 says: Jul 25, 2014 4:51 PM

    Seahawk fans should have fun with that title.

  5. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 25, 2014 4:54 PM

    I don’t know about birds getting hurt outside the stadium, but drafting Teddy Bridgewater guaranteed that there will be a lot fewer wounded ducks flying inside the stadium.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 25, 2014 4:56 PM

    Can’t wait for the first “I was injured by a falling bird” lawsuit.

    Oh and the “bird flu” scare.

  7. xLith says: Jul 25, 2014 4:57 PM

    Birds are disgusting anyways.

  8. NastyMcFilthy says: Jul 25, 2014 4:58 PM

    Or, the number of birds that are estimated to die by flying into glass is grossly over-estimated by the media. I wonder how Chris Kluwe feels about it – maybe he’ll sue on behalf of the birds.

    It’s shocking that this “controversy” hasn’t yet been called Birdgate.

  9. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 25, 2014 4:58 PM

    If the game is boring, fans can entertain themselves by counting the thuds.

  10. billbrasky72 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:01 PM

    Good

  11. slugbaitspace says: Jul 25, 2014 5:01 PM

    Lucky for birds, Costco doesn’t have glass across those huge bay entrance doors.

    But then again, it’s a little unnerving to see birds swoop in at high speed, land on my table, and proceed to stare at my hotdog.

  12. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 25, 2014 5:02 PM

    The Vikings will keep birds away from the new stadium by requiring them to buy PSLs.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 25, 2014 5:02 PM

    It’s obvious no one here gives a poop about the birds.

  14. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 25, 2014 5:03 PM

    There was a similar problem in the Metrodome last year when the Vikings beat Philadelphia 48-30. There were lifeless Eagles all over the field.

  15. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 25, 2014 5:06 PM

    Birds are so dumb that they can’t tell the difference between outside and a reflection of outside. If the Vikings won’t take steps to save the birds, they could at least do it to save visiting Packer fans.

  16. shatho1 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:07 PM

    just put a picture of the vikings logo on top and the birds will just fly upside down over it because the vikings are not worth crapping on or dying for anyways

  17. schmitty2 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:09 PM

    No big deal. At Lambeau they have to watch out for runaway beater pick-up trucks being driven by 350lbs fans who reek of tobacco and have been drinking Natural light since 5am.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 25, 2014 5:10 PM

    Protecting the crowd from bird flu. Being crapped on by a flock of healthy birds is bad enough, you don’t want to encounter the ones with the flu.

  19. dccowboy says: Jul 25, 2014 5:17 PM

    No problem, put a couple of windmills on top of it and the admin will grant an exception for all of the birds the stadium kills.

    Windmills kill an estimated 2 million birds a year in the US, including hundreds of Bald Eagles and nobody cares.

  20. bonnovi says: Jul 25, 2014 5:17 PM

    Give birds respect, they can see in ultraviolet.

  21. lowdownmofo says: Jul 25, 2014 5:18 PM

    Can’t help but read “Hundreds of millions of dollars of public money is going to build this stadium” and shake my head. You wanted it, you got it.

    Enjoy yet another sure to be embarrassing episode in your teams history when they have to squeegee all the birds off your windows every sunday. There’s one of these articles for these clowns EVERY DAY. Can’t make this stuff up.

  22. wafflestomp says: Jul 25, 2014 5:27 PM

    Just another, in the long laundry list of reasons, why this franchise is a complete joke.

  23. theoriginalbvan says: Jul 25, 2014 5:28 PM

    Bird Schism!

  24. karlton3 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:31 PM

    /does the math on one tenth of one percent of a billion dollars…

    THAT’S A MILLION DOLLARS! FOR BIRDS!

    Do you know how many birds I’d kill for a million dollars? More than this stadium will kill, that’s for sure!

  25. twinfan24 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:32 PM

    I’ve thought the bigger concern all along should be how the glass roof will affect play on the field. Those of you too young to remember may not realize the Houston Astrodome originally has a roof of glass. It had to be painted over and later replaced because it caused too much glare. Granted, more of that concern was for baseball, but I still think it may become an issue fielding punts, kickoffs, and catching long passes. I hope not, but I am leery of how it may play out.

  26. wutangwild says: Jul 25, 2014 5:33 PM

    What are Kluwe’s thoughts on this travesty?

  27. zvikes says: Jul 25, 2014 5:36 PM

    He’s wrong. As a tax-paying Minnesotan I’m pleased to hear my money is going towards killing birds. If somehow we could make sure it’s particularly deadly to geese that would be even better.

  28. dcviking says: Jul 25, 2014 5:40 PM

    Apparently, someone decided it would be cheaper to pay someone to pick up all those dead birds from the stadium grounds over the next 30 or 40 years than it will be to fix the glass.

    —————————

    I’ll take ‘em all — dems good eatin’

    Bubba From East Of the St. Croix

  29. revelation123 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:41 PM

    It will be more entertaining to see birds flying into glass than the poor product on the field.

  30. djohnson11882 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:43 PM

    If they are native to Minnesota and flying around during a Viking game, it will be suicide, not an accident.

  31. naes says: Jul 25, 2014 5:43 PM

    The Vikings are for the birds.

  32. binkystevens says: Jul 25, 2014 5:47 PM

    Just an FYI – it’s not a stadium if it has a roof on it

  33. codythao35 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    I’ll catch them and sell them to the packers since they have no wood packers in wisconsin. They’ll need the birds for luck this year or won’t make the playoff.

  34. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 25, 2014 5:50 PM

    I think a few dead thousand robins laying outside the purple palace, while tragic, is probably a good metaphor for the Vikes….

  35. quagmate says: Jul 25, 2014 5:54 PM

    Let’s see… Windows, windshields, turbines, cats, jets engines, other birds, diseases, raccoons, possums, snakes etc., oh and the Vikings news Stadium. Good to see the Audubon Society has its priorities straight with threats to birds.

  36. stillers213 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:57 PM

    Somewhere an elderly Minnesota woman is uttering “That stadium is for the birds!”.

  37. purplezimmerpride says: Jul 25, 2014 6:04 PM

    They’ve already spec’d it for Championship proof glass. Sorry birds.

  38. carlellershairpiece says: Jul 25, 2014 6:18 PM

    I’m glad that all the other problems in the world have been solved so we can focus our efforts on saving these birds. It’s the end of the world as we know it…

  39. SilentMajority says: Jul 25, 2014 6:21 PM

    They might as well change it now because they’re going to get sued by animal-rights activists.

  40. Getoffmylawn! says: Jul 25, 2014 6:23 PM

    The birds are asking for WR money now?

  41. akboot says: Jul 25, 2014 6:29 PM

    dccowboy says:
    Jul 25, 2014 5:17 PM

    No problem, put a couple of windmills on top of it and the admin will grant an exception for all of the birds the stadium kills.

    Windmills kill an estimated 2 million birds a year in the US, including hundreds of Bald Eagles and nobody cares.
    ========================
    Now ya did it. You went and made a common sense statement. These bird brain sierra club/environmentalist types are gonna come get you. Love what the guy/gal in the story said, “hope they do the right thing”. Your comment proves how hypocritical these buffoons are.

  42. campcouch says: Jul 25, 2014 6:34 PM

    Hire some cats to stand on top with whistles.

  43. skolvikes says: Jul 25, 2014 6:39 PM

    Can we stop calling it glass? It’s not glass, it’s ETFE (look it up, it’s some pretty cool stuff, think Beijing water cube).

    If you’re going to insist on putting comments into articles like “with plenty of glass under which humans will be potentially baking” at least know what you’re talking about. One of the many attributes of ETFE is its flexibility of applications towards solar radiation. It will be possible for the stadium to reflect heat in the summer time and allow heat in the winter time. It’s really some pretty cool stuff.

  44. duluthvikesfan says: Jul 25, 2014 6:42 PM

    Maybe, just maybe, the Audubon Minnesota group is not the end all authority on everything feathered that they think they are. Just because the Stadium Authority didn’t take there advise doesn’t mean they didn’t seek out advice from other experts.

  45. nfl fan says: Jul 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    Birds create a mess, just look at the crap that shows up on Sundays in Philadelphia.

  46. number1hawkfan says: Jul 25, 2014 6:46 PM

    The Vikings are a laughable franchise with laughable fans with a laughable product on the field. LOL

  47. leagueobservr says: Jul 25, 2014 6:53 PM

    “…(except when one of those bastards craps on my toupee)…”

    You do not have a toupee, get out!!! :-D

  48. burtreynoldstoupee says: Jul 25, 2014 6:54 PM

    Talk about selective outrage. What about giant wind turbines?

    It is estimated that “140,000 and 328,000 birds each year from collisions with wind turbines. In addition, it appears that there is a greater risk of fatal collisions with taller turbines. This is a real problem, as larger wind turbines may provide more efficient energy generation. Consequently, it is expected that new wind farms will contain even bigger turbines, which will result in even more bird deaths.”

    Where are the front page stories and outrage about that?

  49. pkrlvr says: Jul 25, 2014 6:55 PM

    Pitiful comments. Yes windmills kill birds, but they are there to generate clean energy, which helps all species on this planet. The stadium is a useless structure built strictly for entertainment and doesn’t provide anything useful to anyone (except a gimmie game a year to the pack). Humans think we own the planet and have the right to change/kill/demolish any ecosystem we want. We are the worst thing to happen to this planet in 4 billion years.

  50. clamdiggers says: Jul 25, 2014 6:56 PM

    41%

  51. twinfan24 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:10 PM

    Windmills/turbines may indeed kill some birds. But, birds will evolve to learn to avoid the windmills. The smarter birds will make the change and survive, and the birds that don’t learn will die. Survival of the fittest.

  52. glac1 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:19 PM

    only minnesota would build a stadium like that…..lol

  53. raidermick3sb3rings says: Jul 25, 2014 7:21 PM

    Hey, that’s serious stuff, those birds could get bird crap on your 4 SB trophies you have on display at the stadium…Oh, wait a minute…My Bad!

    Late…

  54. weenforever says: Jul 25, 2014 7:28 PM

    Considering the Vikes haven’t beat the Seahawks, Cards, Ravens, Eagles and Falcons since #4 left, lets let them enjoy this at least.

  55. rho1953 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:36 PM

    Actually it is kind of appropriate for their new digs to be covered in bird poop. A perfect representation of the franchise.

  56. rg3andthensome says: Jul 25, 2014 7:37 PM

    Why would they just not fix it so that it is a non-issue?

  57. asgrimsnorrison says: Jul 25, 2014 7:50 PM

    This is an outrage. This greatly reduces the cost of stadium concessions and meals yet none of those savings are passed on to the fans.

  58. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 25, 2014 7:58 PM

    I would have thought they learned their lesson from the metrodome arena.

    Birds, hailstones, pellet guns, real guns, rocks, tornadoes, sonic boom, Ella Fitzgerald or memorex, etc.

    You know something bad is going to happen beyond the normal white deposits of birds.

  59. Bigdreamer1960 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:59 PM

    So how to they keep the birds from hitting the 55 story IDS tower downtown, which is all glass? It seems that would be more of a problem then the stadium.

  60. surfinbird1 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:17 PM

    What the hell, they created a death trap for players. Zero super bowls since they invented dirt.

  61. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:24 PM

    Didn’t stop hundreds of thousands of inefficient wind turbines from being peppered across the country.

  62. proceednet says: Jul 25, 2014 8:24 PM

    There should be a two-way coating on the outside. Sure, it will cut down a small fraction of the natural lighting, but that’s more than livable.

  63. andymannfl says: Jul 25, 2014 8:29 PM

    I think Kluwe just found another cause to (pretend) to care about.

  64. dd393 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:46 PM

    So, going to a Vikings’ game will entail stepping over and around rotting bird corpses. Or, as Minnetonka residents say, fine dining.

  65. 4thandlonger says: Jul 25, 2014 9:03 PM

    Anyone ever had a bird trapped in their house?

    I have. And the things can fly straight in to windows without hurting themselves.

    Birds will crash in to the stadium, pick themselves up and fly off. Very few will be injured.

  66. dcviking says: Jul 25, 2014 9:15 PM

    You know something bad is going to happen beyond the normal white deposits of birds.

    ——————————–

    Yeah, Packer fans deposits….

  67. officialgame says: Jul 25, 2014 9:44 PM

    You have to be an imbecile to call a bird stupid.

  68. tjacks7 says: Jul 25, 2014 9:46 PM

    “and we know the people of Minnesota do not want their money killing birds.”

    Just curious how we know this exactly?

  69. kvnhlstd says: Jul 25, 2014 9:54 PM

    I will die laughing if the Bird people get an injection and halt the construction of the stadium… Get use to a small outdoor college stadium for the foreseeable future. This franchise really cannot do anything right.

  70. kvnhlstd says: Jul 25, 2014 9:54 PM

    ^^^^ injunction^^^^ damn autocorrrect

  71. dbfan4ever says: Jul 25, 2014 10:01 PM

    That is okay with the Vikings as long as the birds are falcons, eagles, seahawks, ravens or cardinals!

  72. timpiker says: Jul 25, 2014 10:04 PM

    Screw “green”

  73. purpleppleeaters says: Jul 25, 2014 10:11 PM

    Attention grab for the Audubon Society.

    Why are they not going after skyscrapers?

    I wouldn’t give them the time of day, either.

  74. firerogergoodell says: Jul 25, 2014 11:02 PM

    I love the Vikings but I can’t read one more stupid article that has nothing to do with football!

  75. billbrasky72 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:22 PM

    We should make cars illegal too. Think of how many bugs are killed each year from cars.

  76. clbrwns says: Jul 25, 2014 11:25 PM

    blue state weirdos

  77. stevent92 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:39 PM

    Speaking of “green energy” design, is the Audubon Society doing anything about those slick windmills that are shredding eagles, falcons, and migratory birds by the thousands?

    Didnt think so.

  78. clashpoint says: Jul 25, 2014 11:43 PM

    Have some owls or hawks installed up there.
    That sounds like fun!

  79. codiablo says: Jul 25, 2014 11:46 PM

    Won’t be seeing my money & thousands of my friend’s friends money bc they can’t save wildlife for the veteran minimum salary they pay for someone who will most likely be useless to the mass majority of society after there playing days are over as opposed to nature, which keeps this planet in order. The petition is on the National Audobons website, not just Minnesota’s. Yo, Lester Bagley, get on this before you turn a lot of people into fans of the Seahawks (Vikings West).

  80. mclovin07 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:47 PM

    Birds? Who cares I hit minimum one a week driving here in SoCal…

  81. shlort says: Jul 25, 2014 11:58 PM

    Just goes to show that progressives cannot be content with anything. The Vikings “go green” with their stadium design. Progressives love the idea, but now must complain about the building being a danger for birds. Imagine that?

    This one is right up there with fighting logging operations, yet using toilet paper. Can’t have it both ways. I am certain that progressives will never run out of things to whine about.

  82. bcetour says: Jul 25, 2014 11:59 PM

    “That bird’s lookin’ at me”

    – Brian Fellows

  83. iamthorny says: Jul 26, 2014 12:17 AM

    The Vikings ticket office has put out a memo to all birds that if they want to crash during the Packers game they have to first commit to crashing during a pre-season game and an unspecified less riveting in season game.

  84. mungman69 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:25 AM

    Thank you, I’m glad that cows can’t fly.

  85. randomcommenter says: Jul 26, 2014 12:36 AM

    Why are greenies OK with birds being killed by the hundreds by wind farms and solar plants?

    Because they hate football but love inefficient energy production.

  86. guitarfreak21 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:46 AM

    Hopefully a few sea chickens get their lights knocked out on that glass in the future!

  87. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 26, 2014 1:29 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jul 25, 2014 6:55 PM
    We are the worst thing to happen to this planet in 4 billion years.
    ________

    I don’t see you volunteering to leave.

  88. peerjp says: Jul 26, 2014 2:39 AM

    Wow, I’m really saddened by most of these comments. Totally confirms my worst fears about most football fans and, even worse, probably society in general…

  89. RoseTintedVisor says: Jul 26, 2014 6:17 AM

    This is why you don’t mix science with sports fans.

    ” UH WHO NEEDS BIRDS ANYWAY” The Earth, you buffoons. Look up how a goddamn ecosystem works.

    Holy Crap has the state of education in the U.S. gone down hill.

  90. stellarperformance says: Jul 26, 2014 7:19 AM

    Don’t try to rationalize with Minneanderthals.

  91. RegisHawk says: Jul 26, 2014 7:23 AM

    The plan is to give them all the unsold tickets and avoid a TV blackout.

  92. harveyclayton says: Jul 26, 2014 8:05 AM

    I used to manage a retail store that had a glass partition in the middle. I watched humans run into the window. Hilarious.

  93. dejadoh says: Jul 26, 2014 8:30 AM

    The Vikings have probably partnered with the United Way to assist the local food bank. Bam!

  94. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:00 AM

    don’t you know the bird is the word?

  95. ejmat2 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:24 PM

    I’m sure Klewe will start another lawsuit cause of this. After all the ducks he punted while in Minnesota he wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to them.

  96. stellarperformance says: Jul 26, 2014 3:23 PM

    It’s best to have small hands when cradling injured birds. Another gold star for Bridgewater.

  97. truenorth84 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:32 PM

    There may be dead birds, but unlike our neighbors to the east, we won’t make hats, scarfs, and mittens out of them like they do to skunks, raccoons, coyotes, etc.

  98. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 26, 2014 6:22 PM

    How many bird deaths during training camp?

  99. vltrophy14 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:06 PM

    That’s just a cover up story. The real reason is they believe the Vikings team will still be pathetic & fans will flip the team the bird

  100. vltrophy14 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:15 PM

    Saw a headline a few min ago that was so freaking funny!! Headline read Vikings tickets go on sale,14 people show up. How pathetic a team and the fan base. There are 104,000 people that live in Green Bay WI. There are 110,000 people on the waiting list to get season tickets. Packers fans are #1 in the NFL

  101. whatjusthapped says: Jul 27, 2014 8:32 AM

    So typical of the Vikings, building a brand new stadium and the can’t even do that without incident.

    Rather than spending any money to save the birds, the Vikings should be funneling that money back to the fans who are forced to watch them. Rebate half the cost of a ticket with every home loss.

  102. stellarperformance says: Jul 27, 2014 2:14 PM

    Yeah, I read it too. The “fans” they interviewed said they’d rather watch on TV than sit in the cold watching a team in a re-building phase.

    At least that’s what I think they said. They were hard to understand with the Cheetos and nachos falling out of their mouths while slurping on 64 ounce sodas. They also complained about being interviewed while Jerry Springer was on.

  103. oldcracker says: Jul 27, 2014 8:49 PM

    Reminds me of watching ants with a magnifying glass, in the summer time.

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