Miami Stadium Site for Beckham’s MLS Franchise

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David Beckham has reportedly identified PortMiami as the top potential site to develop a stadium to house a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

Beckham’s group has approached Miami-Dade County to ask if it would consider allowing a stadium on PortMiami’s south-west corner, mayor Carlos Gimenez’s office confirmed to the Miami Herald newspaper.

Gimenez said the county would not finance a stadium, but could lease county-owned land at the port to the owners of an MLS franchise.

A 25-year masterplan for the debt-laden port envisions commercial development to bring in revenue, including a hotel, an office complex and a harbour for mega-yachts. Around 25 acres is reportedly available on the site – enough for a 25,000-seat stadium with potential for expansion.

Beckham, who still requires final approval from the MLS to operate the franchise in Miami, is attempting to raise significant investment to fund the running costs, which will eventually include the construction of a new stadium. [Source: Sport Business]

Karl Lusbec

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