Birds Left Out in the Cold in ‘Slap in the Face’ to 73,000 Petition Signers
Bird mortality from window collisions, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. -
At today's Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) board meeting, it was announced that the Minnesota Vikings would contribute an additional $46 million to the construction of the new Vikings Stadium. This pushes the total budget for the new stadium past the billion dollar mark to $1.024 billion. However, funds for bird-safe glass will not be included as part of the $46 million. Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matthew Anderson had this to say:
"$46 million dollars but nothing for the birds? This announcement is a slap in the face. A month ago, the Vikings and the MSFA said they didn't have a million extra dollars in a billion-dollar budget. Today, they said that have an extra $46 million. Are you kidding me?" said Matthew Anderson. "More than 73,000 people have signed a petition asking the Vikings and the MSFA to do the right thing here - and today the team and the stadium authority are changing their story. They've got the money apparently. They just refuse to do what's right and commonsense."
Audubon has collected over 73,000 signatures since July 23, urging the MSFA and Vikings to reconsider their decision on the glass used for the new stadium (petition here: www.AudubonAction.org/Vikings)
The fritted glass is available from Viracon, a Minnesota-based company
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