Target: Zygi Wilf, owner of the Minnesota Vikings; Ted Mondale, CEO of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
Goal: Protect birds by not using reflective glass in construction of new football stadium
The Minnesota Vikings’ new football stadium could kill thousands of migratory birds if immediate action is not taken. The proposed 65,000-seat stadium features pivoting glass doors, as well as a transparent ceiling and outer walls, which will all be constructed from a type of glass that is extremely deadly to birds.
Every year, one billion birds are killed in the U.S. because of building collisions. By switching to fritted glass, which uses quarter-inch ceramic dots to reduce reflections, it is possible to prevent birds from crashing into the stadium. In spite of this, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority claims that the budget for the building cannot cover the cost of the glass. Adding this feature, however, is a modest investment, adding only an extra $1.1 million to the current total cost of $1 billion.
This is especially important since the Minneapolis region is part of a major migratory bird route along the Mississippi River corridor. We need to take action now. The construction of the stadium is already underway and is expected to open in 2016. Tell Zygi Wilf, the owner of the Minnesota Vikings and Ted Mondale, the CEO of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, to implement the necessary measures to ensure that migratory birds are out of harm’s way.
Dear Zygi Wilf and Ted Mondale,
The new Minnesota Vikings stadium poses an immediate threat to migratory birds if action is not taken.
Ever year, one billion birds die in the U.S. from building collisions. Despite this, the proposed building plan will use nearly 200,000 square feet of reflective glass for its construction. This type of glass is extremely deadly for birds and poses an dangerous threat. To make matters worse, the building will be also constructed in a site near a major bird migratory pathway.
I am urging you to take the necessary measures to prevent a potential hazard by implementing fritted glass into the design of the stadium, which will help reduce reflections. This is a modest and reasonable investment costing only an addition $1.1 million on top of the current budget of $1 billion. Please make the right decision and help save thousands of birds every year.
[Your Name Here]
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