New Minnesota Vikings Stadium Walkway Also A Danger To Birds


The Minnesota Vikings fought hard for a new stadium for many years.  The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was getting very out of date and the team needed a new place to host their home games.  Plus, they wanted a place to host many other big name events, like the NCAA Final Four and the Super Bowl.

January 25, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Minnesota Vikings mascot Viktor the Viking (left) signs an autograph for Vernon Mitchell (right), Kaneohe, HI, during the 2014 Pro Bowl Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Now that their stadium has been approved, it still haven’t been smooth sailing for the construction and planning.  Nature and wildlife advocates have been talking about the impact that the new facility could have on birds in the area for a while now, but another problem has popped up.

According to a recent article on the Star Tribune website, birds could have a big issue when it comes to the raised walkway leading to the new stadium.  Here is what Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds’s Ann Laughlin said in the article about the dangers to the birds in Minneapolis:

"Skyways are also bird killers,” said Laughlin."

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is working hard to try to find a cost effective solution to the problem.  At least the group has time to work out some compromise.  MSFA chairperson Michele Kelm-Helgen seems hopeful things can work out between the two parties.

"“We obviously have some time, and I anticipate something maybe in the next couple of months,” she told reporters."

Hopefully, things can be arranged so that the new facility will not be a danger to the area wildlife yet the stadium costs don’t rise to unnecessary levels.  The state of Minnesota needs the huge events that this building can bring to the state.

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