Supporters of Bird-Safe Glass For Vikings Stadium Stay Visible

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Outside Sunday’s debate between Governor Dayton and challenger Jeff Johnson a group gathered on Snelling Avenue to protest the glass being used in the new Vikings stadium.

The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis argues the 180,000 square feet of glass planned for the building’s facade will create a death trap for migrating birds and is threatening a lawsuit.

St. Paul’s city council is scheduled to take up a resolution this week that would ask the Vikings to use the bird-safe glass.

The Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority have said that it is too late to change the glass in the stadium which is already under construction and using bird-safe glass would not look as good.

The size of the citizen contribution to build the stadium was cited as one reason to add the more expensive, bird deflecting glass.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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