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Published on Oct 9, 2014
Minneapolis, MN — In response to growing public concern over the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s (MSFA) choice to use migratory bird-killing glass in the new Vikings stadium design, the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis (ACM) has partnered with local filmmaker Dr. Jim Gambone in production of “Change the Glass Now!” The short video can be seen online at www.audubonchapterofminneapolis.org.
The film features evidence that the new stadium’s nearly 200,000 sq. ft. of highly reflective glass—equivalent to three football fields in size—will kill migratory birds, considered protected under statutes of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. More than 50% of North American migratory birds use the Mississippi River Flyway twice a year that is less than a mile from the stadium site.
MSFA has stated that this decision has nothing to do with cost, but rather aesthetic preference. This is in opposition to the values of conservation and protection of the environment held by the people of Minnesota. Despite over 76,000 public signatures, a unanimous resolution by the Minneapolis City Council and the efforts of multiple scientists and conservationists requesting the use of bird safe and energy efficient glass in the stadium, MSFA has refused to budge on this issue and and Governor Mark Dayton has been silent.
The film urges viewers to contact MSFA Chair, Michelle Kelm-Helgen, Governor Mark Dayton, and MN Attorney General Lori Swanson and demand that they take action to “Change the Glass Now!”