Vikings stadium proposal shot down: What's next?

Emotional aftershocks from the Vikings stadium proposal being voted down by a House committee Monday night have been felt all over the state of Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton still has hope for 2013, but an official with the Vikings says "there is no next year." Follow all of the latest stadium reaction right here.

The Vikings took a sobering blow Monday night when a House Committee panel voted down the team's stadium proposal. Reaction on Tuesday filled an emotional range from hope to despair, and we're here to bring it all to you in one, centralized location.

Governor Mark Dayton says he’s disappointed the 15 member committee rejected the latest best hope for a Vikings stadium deal at the Legislature. He says if things don’t work out, he’s already looking to the 2013 session.

However, the Vikings are not looking ahead to 2013. Lester Bagley, the team's Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development says, "There is no next year." Rep. Terry Morrow, a co-sponsor of the stadium bill believes "there's a substantial likelihood the Vikings will leave within the next few years."

Bagley also says, "We have done everything we have been asked. What else are we supposed to do?” It's a great question, very similar to one that was asked before the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957.

Usually Vikings punter Cris Kluwe has plenty to say — about everything. But he won’t rip the Minnesota Legislature for scuttling the latest Vikings stadium bill. Instead, he tweeted today that if you don’t like it, vote your lawmakers out of office. He says that’s how “democracy works.”

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