Group wants 'Redskins' name kept out of stadium

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A coalition wants the NFL team from Washington barred from using its "Redskins" name on University of Minnesota turf.

The Star Tribune ( ) reports the group held a news conference Thursday outside TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings are leasing the university's stadium for two seasons while their new $ 1 billion stadium is built on the site of the former Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.

The coalition contends university administrators have been unwilling to meet with them to discuss the issue.

In a statement, the university said it cannot regulate expression by private parties on its property.

The coalition plans to hold a rally involving "thousands" outside the stadium on game day, Nov. 2.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name, saying it honors Native Americans.


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