Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena is for the birds…literally

Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena is for the birds…literally

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Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena is for the birds…literally

Fiserv Forum, the new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, has been named the world’s first bird-friendly sports and entertainment venue, thanks to its design that avoided using reflective or see-through glass.

Such glass can result in birds becoming disoriented and colliding with the glass panes leading to many bird deaths, as is the case at U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings.

“The Milwaukee Bucks’ bold decision to build the world’s first bird-friendly arena speaks volumes about the ownerships’ character, concern for the environment, and desire to be a part of a green community,” Bryan Lenz said, according to WDJT in Milwaukee. Lenz is Bird City Wisconsin’s former director who recently joined the staff of American Bird Conservancy as its Collisions Campaign Manager.

“The Bucks stepped up for birds in a way that no sports franchise ever has. Hopefully the team’s message, that designing with birds in mind as an achievable goal, will set Fiserv Forum up as a model for arenas, stadiums and all other buildings for years to come.”

WDJT reported that up to 1 billion birds die annually after colliding with glass in the U.S.

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The builders of the $1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium were warned and requested by the Minnesota Audubon Society to use a bird-friendly design because of its location within the Mississippi Flyway. They ignored the warnings and used highly reflective glass for aesthetic reasons and now the stadium is known as a bird-killing machine.

A current “bird fatality study” of U.S. Bank Stadium is scheduled to be completed sometime next year. It reportedly would cost $10 million to replace the existing glass with bird-safe glass while it would have cost only $1 million had that been added to the original plans.

From NBA.com:

“Bird City Wisconsin came to us three years ago to educate us on migration and best practices,” said Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin. “We were able to integrate many of their suggestions in the design phase of the project.” …

Fiserv Forum is registered with the certification goal of LEED Silver® and includes many other efforts that demonstrate that Bucks’ ownership is serious about reducing the team’s environmental footprint. Among these are landscaping with native plants, operations that avoid use of straws and other petroleum products, a composting program and low-flow toilets. Fiserv Forum was also built using high recycled content, regionally-sourced materials and low-emission products that help provide healthy indoor air quality for staff and guests.

Top two photos of Fiserv Forum and photo of U.S. Bank Stadium courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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