David Beckham held a conference with Miami mayor, Tomas Regelado, concerning a proposal for a soccer-only stadium next to Marlins Park. Marcelo Claure, an investor of Beckham’s, announced negotiations with the City of Miami is the next step in an MLS exclusive stadium.
City of Miami and David Beckham's ownership group agree to build an MLS stadium next to Marlins Park. pic.twitter.com/CfBhhWElLD
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The stadium would sit 25,000 spectators and will be privately financed. And while Beckham considered a joint operation with the University of Miami to hold football games at Beckham’s new stadium, the university was recently etched out of the deal.
A Miami Beckham United spokesperson had this to say about the meeting with Miami’s mayor:
“Today’s meeting with Mayor Regalado was another positive step toward bringing a world class soccer club to Miami”. “We’re still in the early planning stages and several viable options still exist, but our preferred stadium location is the former Orange Bowl site. David, Marcelo [Claure] and Simon [Fuller] are thrilled by the initial outpouring of support we’ve received from our fans and we’re excited about sharing our plans with the City, County and community soon.”
The last soccer club to play in Miami were the Fusion back in 1998, but unfortunately, they had to trek to Fort Lauderdale for home games, which clocks in at a 40-minute drive.
The MLS will see upcoming expansion from Atlanta (2017), Minnesota (2017-18) and a second installment in Los Angeles (2017-18).
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