We had some positive news over the weekend in regards to the new Vikings Stadium glass design and the seeming unwillingness of stadium officials to change to energy efficient glass. First, I couldn't believe how many people really listened to my segment on MPR's All Things Considered. The Twin Cities annual Fringe Festival is going on which I volunteer for if I'm not in a show and so many people have come up and said, "Oh, I heard that segment and that makes total sense."
The other exciting news is that the Minneapolis City Council voted in favor of a resolution urging the Vikings to use bird safe glass. Yes, it's "urging" and not forcing, but it's still better than the City Council saying, "Meh, who cares?" It's letting the Vikings know that this is a town that cares about birds as well as football.
But Jim Williams over at the Star Tribune pointed out something very important, "The Metropolitan Sports Facility Authority was established with the specific purpose of guiding construction to completion. It would make the decision to change glass to bird-friendly."
You guys, we are so close to getting this stadium done right. I've asked a lot of you to listen, to contact whoever you know in the media or Minneapolis City Council and we've done a great job of building momentum. We just need to contact the MSFA and let them know that we are people who are excited for a new stadium, we enjoy football and we want that state of the art football facility to be an example of how you can build something cool without killing thousands of birds a year.
Please, send an email or call one (or many) of the people listed to below to let them know that we want to watch football in a stadium with energy efficient glass that happens to be easier for flying birds to avoid. It's less than one tenth of one percent of their overall budget. If you live in Minneapolis, this point out that your tax dollars and city money are going to the construction. We want the best for us, our team and our birds.
Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair
Ted Mondale, CEO/Executive Director
Steve Maki, P.E., Senior Stadium Director
Mary Fox-Stroman, CPA, Director of Finance
Bobbi Ellenberg, Director of Business Operations
Jennifer Hathaway, Director of Communications
Alex Tittle, Equity Director
Donovan Jones, Equity Specialist
Tiffany Orth, Project Coordinator for the MSFA Board
Amy Quaintance, Senior Executive Assistant
Leo Pidde, Technical Services Manager