If the Vikings are going to play their home games at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium over the next two seasons, the Gophers are going to make some demands.
The university made some big headlines Thursday, when it was reported that the school has asked the Vikings to not mention the Washington Redskins' nickname when the team visits TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 2. The school doesn't want the offensive nickname mentioned in any gameday materials or spoken by the public address announcer.
And there's more.
The school has also asked the Redskins to wear uniforms that do not include the team's logo or name.
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It's some pretty serious conditions the Gophers are enumerating here, but there's plenty of good reason why. The school has close ties to local Native American communities that have expressed offense over Washington's nickname. In fact, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donated $10 million to help build TCF Bank Stadium. It's the largest donation in Gopher athletics history.
The Vikings will be playing their home games at the home of the Gophers for the next two years as a new stadium is constructed and planned to open in 2016. It's unknown how much support/help the Vikings are giving the university with this, but a Washington Post report characterizes the Vikings as "receptive" to the school's proposal.