The Minnesota Vikings will be playing their home games on campus at The University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium this season while their new stadium is being built. And when the Vikings play the Washington Redskins in that stadium this season the University of Minnesota doesn’t want the Redskins name used on promotional materials for the game.
Also, Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum sent a letter to Vikings owner Zigy Wilf asking him to condemn the Redskins name. The Congresswoman stated in the letter to Wilf:
“In November, the Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to host the Washington franchise for a game on the University of Minnesota campus at TCF Bank Stadium. As you will be a co-host with the University on their campus, I would like to remind you of three facts. First, Minnesota has a strong Native American community and TCF Bank Stadium honors that community with a plaza recognizing each of our tribal nations. In addition, one of those tribal nations, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux, contributed to the funding of this stadium. Lastly, the presence of the Washington franchise and their racist name on the University of Minnesota campus would be in violation of the Board of Regents’ Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Policy.
A strong condemnation of the Washington franchise’s name by the Minnesota Vikings Football Club would go a long way towards helping to change the mascot.”
And University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is in agreement with Congresswoman McCollum, stating in a letter to her that the university is working with the Vikings to eliminate use of the Redskins name. The fact is it’s their stadium and they can more than likely could keep the Redskins name off of promotional materials for the game.
But it’s an NFL game so it pretty much promotes itself. And they don’t have to use the Redskins name as most people are already aware of the team and that the game is taking place to begin with. The question is will Zigy Wilf will condemn the Redskins name? That will be interesting see.