David Beckham Eyes Soccer Stadium at Port of Miami

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One of the major hurdles in David Beckham's quest to bring a Major League Soccer team to South Florida is deciding on a place for the team to play. While reports suggest the team would start play at either FIU Stadium, Marlins Park or Sun Life Stadium, the long-term plan is to build a new soccer-specific stadium for the team. Beckham's ownership group wants the stadium somewhere in the heart of the city, but of course finding a stadium-sized plot of land is a tall order.

Well, according to the Miami Herald, Beckham and his partners have gotten creative. They're eyeing the possibility of building a stadium at the Port of Miami.

The port has thought about the possibility of brining some commercial development to its southwest corner, and Beckham's group has asked the county about using the area for a stadium.

"They kind of elevated this site," Deputy Mayor Chip Iglesias told the Herald. "We said yes, we'd take a look at it."

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The area could support a 25,000-seat stadium, though traffic and parking are a concern, even if the Port of Miami tunnel would be completed by that time. Though, tens of thousands of cars trying to get through the tunnel and the Port Boulevard bridge would still cause some major traffic headaches. Though, we suppose some sort of shuttle service between the stadium and nearby downtown parking lots could provide something of a work-around.

However, the Herald adds that the group has identified at least 29 other possible sites.

It's expected that Beckham and Co. would fund stadium contraction themselves, as Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said he won't consider a deal to use public financing. Though, leasing public land to the group, like that on Port of Miami, is still obviously on the table.

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38 comments
Brian Gordon
Brian Gordon

That's what Joe Robbie stadium was built for. Football and soccer. The people will come if the team does good.

Sergio Chade
Sergio Chade

Dario Martarello, Pablo Ignacio Moreno, Diego Banchero Grecco...hay que contactar a BEckham y proponer usar el nuevo estadio para el rugby tambien....que les parece??? uno tiene que tener suenos grandes...

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

At the Port. Is just plan STUPID. Use an existing facility.

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

Beckham has already stated that he's looking at privately funding the stadium project. He's also stated that FIU will be the home of the new franchise for the first couple seasons while the stadium is being built. JRS (Sun Life) would be a terrible choice and location. This will be Miami's team proper. Have it in the city and get connected to the locals. Marlins had terrible attendance in Miami Gardens, the Panthers have terrible attendance in Sunrise, when the Fusion existed their attendance was disappointing in Ft. Lauderdale. Why does everyone want to see Miami sports franchises fail?

John David Arroyo
John David Arroyo

Beckham pays for the stadium, Miami-Dade pays for the WAY overdue Metrorail expansion towards the beach... Seems like a fair deal for the city and people of Miami.

Rachel Penabella
Rachel Penabella

But, he's so cute. Don't you guys want to see him smile. lol!

Aramís Lorié
Aramís Lorié

He obviously doesn't know any better. I wonder what spin the city of miami is giving him.

Intelprise EcommPlatform
Intelprise EcommPlatform

This man is not just a pretty face...he is a shrewed biz man. Anyone with a half a brain who does some current events reading knows of all the amazing billion dollar developments around downtown, Watson Island and its surroundings.... 33131-33139 is the right target for this project as it is the most coveted zip code interval in the country as per many biz trends polls. In less than 5 years, this zip code interval is poised to sell a square foot on the water for nothing less than $1200usd. God bless Jorge Perez, Ugo Colombo and good old Brazilian headquartered Odebrecht! Viva la vida loca Miami!

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

Traffic's bad enough as it is around the Port. He should find someplace else in or near downtown, where there's room for development. (Bobby Maduro Stadium?)

Clare Hartkorn-Taylor
Clare Hartkorn-Taylor

Nooooo bad idea! Joe Robbie Stadium easy on traffic, steady has parking, great seating, grrrrrreat location for ALLLLLL south Florida!

Sal Macaraig
Sal Macaraig

FYI, the ownership group is paying for the stadium people

Andrew Pyle
Andrew Pyle

Build it at the Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne.

Andrew Greenberg
Andrew Greenberg

Ride your boat/yacht/ paddleboard/ kayak to a soccer game, interesting concept.

Manny Cabrera
Manny Cabrera

So glad for the team, but not too sure on the location. That's gonna be a clusterfuck of traffic!

Raul De La Fe
Raul De La Fe

Nothing, especially a soccer stadium isn't going to get public help after the Marlins top brass conned/bribed dade public officials!

Michael J. Aceti
Michael J. Aceti

Smart move to try and put the stadium near the heart of the action. A bit of a pain traffic wise but then again when is traffic I the Miami area not a pain. To put it in the burbs is a mistake.

Casey C Chu
Casey C Chu

With the tunnel going in not a bad idea. But, does Beckham have any idea what its like to build something in Miami?

Vanessa Ocker
Vanessa Ocker

Move something out west for once! I'm tired of having everything clumped into like a 10 block radius!

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TheOrchidBoutique.com

Traffic will be miserable. Why doesn't he use marlin's stadium to see how much of a crowd will be drawn before investing that much?

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

Noooo that's so dumb. I've seen way better plans for that corner anyways. Portside miami I believe.

Al Newman
Al Newman

Bad idea. He needs to head west of Dade.

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

Put them in the Marlin Park then see how many fans you can get to fill it before you go and build a 25,000 stadium that never gets used.  I know when the other pro soccer team left here they had all stars and talent but because its Miami and summer who the hell wants to suffer through a 2-3 hour outdoor soccer game.  I know David Beckham likes to party and South Beach is fun, but if he was smart he would put a team in Omaha or Des Moines or some other Midwestern town with no pro teams, that would be the money maker.

alfonsov87
alfonsov87

@CITYRIDERRT19 I completely disagree. Beckham knows exactly what he is doing by selecting Miami. The city has picked up some major momentum sports wise with the Miami Heat. Besides the fact that Miami is a hub between the United States and Latin America, region where soccer "futbol" has been the most popular sport for decades. Also do you have an idea the amount of Latin people that reside in Miami? There's a lot of fans and talent in South Florida. 

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