PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The pastors’ group Black Clergy of Philadelphia appealed to Temple University Friday to end their plan for a campus stadium.

Pastors and their supporters gathered outside Temple Performing Arts Center at Broad Street and Polett Walk.

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They said Temple founder Russell Conwell, himself a preacher, would not have wanted to override the neighborhood opposition to a stadium.

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The protesters accused the university of selfishly putting money over neighbors.

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“They are crushing the spirit of their neighbors by trying to ram a stadium down the throats of its neighbors that for two years it has said it does not want,” said Rev. Dr. William B. Moore of Tenth Memorial Baptist Church.

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Protesters of the plan say a stadium will overwhelm the neighborhood with congestion and traffic.