PortMiami Is a Terrible Location for David Beckham's Stadium, and Here's Why

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Yesterday, the normally sleepy Miami-Dade County commissioners were downright joyous. It was like watching a bunch of hapless nerds finally get the attention of a cool kid, and that cool kid happened to be named David Beckham, and he totally wanted to hang.

"Go, soccer!" Commissioner Juan Zapata bellowed. "Go, MLS!"

Everyone was in agreement. The county will begin negotiations to lease public land to Beckham et al., who will build a gargantuan, 25,000-seat soccer stadium. The most likely spot? PortMiami. There's just one little problem: It's a terrible place for a soccer stadium.

The proposed stadium would constitute one prong among many in the development of the port into a playground for the world's elite. There will be a hotel, offices, and something called a "mega-yacht facility." But the crowning jewel will be Beckham's stadium.

The issues with this proposal are manifold, but almost all of them can be encapsulated in one world: traffic. The only way to access PortMiami is by Port Boulevard via NE Sixth Street -- which also happens to be the busiest spot in the entire city. Take a closer look.

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What's that red circle? Hell. That's traffic hell. Because right above that red circle also happens to be American Airlines Arena, which seats 19,600 and makes Biscayne Boulevard impossible to navigate several nights of the week. (Funny how dozens of limos parked out front, clogging up every lane but one, will do that.) You've experienced driving along this stretch of road and have hated it.

Now, take that experience and multiply it by an additional 25,000 soccer fans -- unless of course most of them will arrive at the stadium via the "mega-yacht facility." But even that option might prove frustrating, because weekends, when soccer games occur, are also the busiest yachting days.

According to the Miami Herald, Beckham has targeted PortMiami because other MLS cities have had had success attracting crowds when their stadiums are built in urban centers -- and near mass transit.

Other cities are not Miami, the most car-obsessed city in America. And, um, what mass transit? The trolley and Metromover? And forgo one's BMW? Not a chance.

"If we think in a traditional manner, then there's going to be some challenges on the transportation," Alyce Robertson, director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, told the Herald in November.

No kidding.

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Dakota Shake Hendon
Dakota Shake Hendon

New Times, I usually really like your articles, but this is a simple propaganda piece with no research or analysis whatsoever. How do you not mention the billion dollar port tunnel that is under construction??

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

I thought there is supposed to be some kind of tunnel being built that will ferry traffic in and out of PortMiami like butter and onto the 836???

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

anywhere in dade county is a terrible location b/c of traffic...glad i moved north

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

You should build that Shite in Hialeah

acohn77
acohn77

"somnolent" and "ebullient" don't make me use a dictionary Miami New Times!

Ignacio Martinez Gallardo
Ignacio Martinez Gallardo

Luis Carrizo then they gonna have DUI Check points right outside the stadium, jaja... We all ride the bus and the train just like the old days We need a team and that's that....

Luisy VWater
Luisy VWater

aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww it sooo convenient and close by!!! :/

Jorge Larrea
Jorge Larrea

Use Marlins Stadium!!! No one else is using that abomination

Luis Carrizo
Luis Carrizo

I agree with the downtown metro rail idea. Its ingrained in soccer culture worldwide to drink at a bar then take public transportation to the game. If the stadium is only 20k its not going to be that bad traffic anyway

Carlos S Jr
Carlos S Jr

Their is plenty of vacant land right next to the Culmer Metro Rail Station. This could be an option.

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

Take money that you would spend one year with sports and help the homeless ? Just one year !

Jhon A Cornejo
Jhon A Cornejo

Why dont they tear down the old Miami Herald building and build the stadium right there.

Rod Deal
Rod Deal

It would be fine if we had decent public trasportation there... but we won't :(

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Hey while we are at it can we put a Walmart next to it too?

Andrew Pyle
Andrew Pyle

Why not put it at the old marine Stadium on Key Biscayne ??? It's an ideal spot.

Rodrigo Cayo
Rodrigo Cayo

Even though the traffic will have to be fix a little, this location would give a 360° turn for good. Such a great idea! The capital of latin america would be recognized in a much different way. I hope this happens!

Eddie Leon
Eddie Leon

There's lots of cheap and central land near Dolphin Mall, but it's not a sexy area. A stadium on PortMiami only works if it has a direct pedestrian connection to Bayfront park. Otherwise, what's the point? Are they just trying to keep it as close as possible to South Beach? Probably...

Cameron Douglas
Cameron Douglas

Only in Miami would some asshole find a reason to complain about a brand new tax free stadium and a new soccer team. Take this shit down before Becks changes his mind.

Howard Green Montaque
Howard Green Montaque

LMAO!!! After building a 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,0000 joke of a tunnel to stop traffic???

Clare Hartkorn-Taylor
Clare Hartkorn-Taylor

So you've got 5 large ships in port, a Miami heat game, and a soccer game...who thought this up over a cup of "coffee"

Brian Enriquez
Brian Enriquez

BAD IDEA, maybe somewhere nearby but not here inside the port. cruise traffic + AAA traffic + plus truck traffic = Fing Disaster

Tee Dub
Tee Dub

Send it to Ft Lauderdale

Heather Mallon Dobos
Heather Mallon Dobos

Omg you must be out of your mind! Think about people in and out of cruises! They don't give a damn about soccer! Send it out west

David Fernandez
David Fernandez

Tear down bayside marketplace/bayfront park and build it there ... that way people can still go to their stupid ultra concerts in a nicer, open-air stadium

Clare Hartkorn-Taylor
Clare Hartkorn-Taylor

Those are crazy as$ people from crazy as$ countries that only do like they do at"home" don't think first just do first they play the blame game...MARLINS STADIUM...Hummm

Juan Tanamera
Juan Tanamera

truth be told, the real traffic problems will arise if/when the team is good, regardless of where the stadium is located. Look at the track record of our other local sports teams....when the teams are good, they sell out; when they aren't very good, no one goes. So I guess the real solution to the traffic problems caused by the prospective new stadium: make sure the team is bad. bad team = no traffic. lol

Ed Serrano
Ed Serrano

The author failed to mention the Tunnel going into the Port that is almost complete... Plus a metromover extension proposal into the Port. Both would alleviate traffic. They need to do more research.

Alessandra Cata
Alessandra Cata

Are they delusional? Regular daily traffic in/around is out of control and the tunnel would be a nightmare

Juan Tanamera
Juan Tanamera

I don't have any numbers for proof, but just from living here my whole life I'd say the west side of town has as many (or more) hardcore soccer fans as there are near downtown. I agree that a well planned network of public transport would greatly help alleviate many of the traffic congestion issues in South Florida

Mike Worley
Mike Worley

Genting should sell the old Miami Herald property to Beckham, but reserve some property around the stadium for high-end condos/hotels (and then turn Omni back into a high-end shopping mall)

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

a soccer stadium, would work in front of the Overtown Station in Downtown. No traffic, no gridlocks, no rage road. Just patrons getting on-off the metrorail and that's it. Now... County will have to improve service, at least on game days.

UncleEd
UncleEd

You didn't mention the Tunnel going into the Port that is almost complete... They also mentioned a metro mover extension proposal into the Port. Both would alleviate traffic. You need to do more research.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

How about he takes that shit back across the pond to jolly ol England. We play real football here!!

Sophie Blachet
Sophie Blachet

traffic is a nightmare in Biscayne during games ... city should do something, really ! We cannot even park in our building because of a game ... 2 in 4 days that's crazy ! So adding a soccer stadium, this place will become a giant disaster

Max Ramos-Paez
Max Ramos-Paez

The stadium will be in the urban core where it should be. Not in the west of the county. Stop talking about that idea. Traffic issues will be fixed and people use mass transit!

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Disagree. If people like sitting in paralyzing traffic, that's their own decision - but it's really not necessary. If you are headed from south or west of downtown, there is something called the "Metrorail" with these things called 'stations' with something called 'parking lots'. How it works is your leave your car there and ride the train downtown. Ditto if you are coming from the northwest. And even if you are coming from the north, you can park farther away from the stadium and ride the Metromover even closer. As far as the Port of Miami goes, there have been discussions of expanding the Metromover there to better serve the cruise ships and new development. I'd love to see the MLS contribute to this. There is something ingrained in the motorist psyche that says "MUST PARK AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE". If you use something called a 'brain', you realize how much time your wasting.

Pietro Tondini
Pietro Tondini

Floating soccer stadium like one in Thailand, in front of existing Miami Marine Stadium

zenace33
zenace33

where?!?

I don't see any there.

zenace33
zenace33

No.
No offense to them, but I've worked for my money (and hard to get to the point where I make enough money to live ok) to enjoy things.  Give money I spend on sports (major league, minor league, whatever because I really enjoy sports/competition) or even my other recreational/outdoor activities?  Coming from a home where my parents were bankrupt twice while I was growing up....No thanks; I'll continue my current level of donations to the homeless.

Unemployment offices; government programs, community programs, Goodwill, etc....there's places for them to start....ya have to get in on the bottom floor and work your way up.


If you want to have a discussion about the fact that many professional athletes are overpaid, as in the revenues of the owners?  I can agree.  But let's not tie these issues together.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

If it was only about being close to "South Beach" (makes wanking hand signal)

They would have tried to sucker Miami Beach into building it in Flamingo Park

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Tax free?  Dont you mean no taxes paid?  That's how things worked out with the AAA.  

pathway500
pathway500

You is not "we". Don't speak for me, you dolt.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

I'll tell you whats crazy, moving near an arena and then bitching about traffic and/or noise when there are events.


It's also crazy that so many people use "in" instead of "on"  guess proper use of prepositions is a lost art.


Thanks for the parking spot though.   Go HEAT!

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