Eagles change plans for Berry College football stadium
An eagle couple nesting in a tall pine on the campus of Berry College has become an Internet sensation. Now, the school has moved the proposed location for Valhalla, the new Berry Viking football stadium, away from the tree in hopes the pair will return to their nest again and again.
According to Berry College, the duo first arrived on campus in the spring of 2012, building their nest in the tree near a major parking lot close to the Steven J. Cage Athletic Center. They returned in the fall of that year and produced two eaglets the next year. This year, the world watched via Internet as two cameras streamed them and their third eaglet, which took its maiden flight this month.
The school has set up a Facebook page for the eagles which has gained nearly 60,000 follows. The eagle cameras are said to have provided move 17 million views.
Construction on Valhalla will likely begin this fall and thanks to the popularity of the eagles, Berry College officials will break ground on the almost $7 million project to the south of Maple Drive. The new site is at the service entrance to the college's main campus. Cage Center parking lots will be used on game day. The project will also include the widening of Maple Drive and the addition of a grass field for track-and-field throwing events.