The loss in the House of the newest bill in the Minnesota Vikings stadium saga looks to have put another fork in the team's chances to get themselves a new stadium built any time soon.
The Vikings themselves don't seem to think that stopping the quest for a new stadium is in the cards though, no matter how many bills they have to help shuffle through the state government until they get a winner. TwinCities.com reports that they don't believe that they can wait another year.
As Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders tried to hand each other responsibility for the fate of the Vikings stadium bill Tuesday, April 17, the day after a major defeat in a House committee, Dayton raised the possibility that a new football stadium might have to wait till next year.
To which a team official responded: "There is no next year."
With rumors continually swirling of the Vikings being a favorite team to move away from their home city, perhaps to Los Angeles who has been clamoring for a third chance at an NFL team recently, no decision before this next season could be seen as an action in and of itself. Governor Mark Dayton was livid after the bill failed by a 9-6 vote for that very reason.
"We've got to get a stadium next year or the Vikings will leave," Dayton said. "I mean, it's just as clear as that. We can't have it both ways. We can't not do a new stadium and have the Vikings remain here for very long."
With the way that the bills have been failing left and right recently, it's best to hope that his words aren't prophecy.