David Beckham Promises "Downtown" Stadium for Miami's New Major League Soccer Team

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber, David Beckham, and Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
David Beckham didn't say much we didn't already know, but damn did he look good. Becks took the PAMM podium in a slate-gray suit this morning to officially announce Major League Soccer's newest team would be in Miami.

"Miami... is a vibrant city. It's a city with a lot of passion," he said, devilishly handsome, squinty eyes gleaming. "And I know this city is ready for football."

There were two important takeaways from the mega media event, however. First, Beckham said he had been "promised" by county officials that the team will be downtown. And second, that it will be privately funded.

"I just want to say this is an exciting time," Beckham said as TV helicopters buzzed overhead and several dozen diehard Miami soccer fans cheered and waved "MLS Miami" scarves. "This is an exciting time for myself, an exciting time for my family and friends and partners, and something that we are really looking forward to bringing to Miami. So thank you for the warm welcome."

MLS Commissioner Don Garber was quick to assuage fears that the team would become a divisive political issue, like the $2 billion Marlins Park.

"Mayor and county commissioners, I want to promise you that if we can get this project over the goal line, we will be great, great partners," he said. "We will be committed corporate citizens, and we will be good neighbors, and we will work tirelessly to deliver value to the people in this region."

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Asked pointedly whether he would seek public funding, Beckham said no.

"We don't want public funding," he said. "We will fund the stadium ourselves. It's something that we've worked very hard to get to this stage where we can fund the stadium ourselves."

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez reiterated that public funds wouldn't go toward the team but that the stadium was still a major public issue.

"We want them to create an iconic stadium but also a great public space," the mayor said. "The stadium needs to be part of the fabric of Miami." Neither he nor Beckham mentioned any specific locations, but the underused southwest corner of PortMiami is a leading contender.

Asked why he chose Miami, Beckham answered, "Why not?" Then the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and LA Galaxy star got serious.

"I wanted to create a team that we can start from scratch," he said. "I know that there was a team here ten years ago, and unfortunately they folded, but I think going forward I wanted to create a team that could be very personal. Everything that I've done throughout my career has been very personal to me. The decisions that I've made are all very personal. And like this, it's a big decision, but it's a very personal one. I want to make it my own team."

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Lucy Gort
Lucy Gort

No tax payer money? Ha! The mayor is on board so he'll find a sneaky way to screw us

Hanzo Ragin
Hanzo Ragin

This is cool.Heh,Miami its the little things that make me luv ya.

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

FOR THE LAST TIME: SOCCER DOES NOT WORK IN THE USA! BESIDES THE FACT THAT IT IS BORING, YOU CAN'T SELL IT HERE. THE FOUR MAJOR SPORTS LEAGUE MAKE THEIR MONEY FROM TELEVISION CONTRACTS. WHERE DO YOU PUT THE COMMERCIALS IN SOCCER? THIRTY MINUTES AFTER ITS STARTS? PELE WAS ON THE COSMOS. THEY DREW 76,000 PEOPLE OPENING DAY. 8 YEARS LATER, THE LEAGUE FOLDED. 

Maria Cardoso
Maria Cardoso

luv this i luv Soccer.... yes and this David is Yummy.... need i say more..... lol....

Eddy Gugliotta
Eddy Gugliotta

David, forget Downtown, it's messy, no parking, a lot of traffic, and all your fans are mostly down South... Kendall would be perfect!

dannycosta21
dannycosta21

I'm not a soccer fan but I plan to attend games for Miami because I am defending my city and would like to see this city succeed even more. I am totally on board for what's going on and I can't wait to be a part of it.

Maria T. Pena-Barry
Maria T. Pena-Barry

Congratulations David Beckman. About time we have an MLS team. Sun Life Stadium is a good option. Just needs a makeover and is in Miami Gardens.

Ryan Welsh
Ryan Welsh

Can we kick the sorry ass marlins out and use the stadium built with tax payer money for the new team?

Lori Ann
Lori Ann

Carrie Melinda Osborne HOW bout I think of YOU each//EVERY time I see him-He is getting "mobbed" by a BUNCH of kiddies @ a soccer field down here now :) YOU r gonna have 2 come visit soon!

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

About fucking time, soccer fans are true fans

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter


Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power the infrastructure Is falling apart and the schools are in decline with overcrowding and not enough quality teachers no after school programs no firemen,  no policemen, no health programs for the poor. also the cites  are always going to be in debt. this thing do make money.

it time for more recalls /jail time

Welcome to the American dream--
a billionaire using public funds
to construct
a private playground
for the rich and powerful.


Alex Anico
Alex Anico

What you mean Marlins Stadium?? How about you just use that shit?

Robert McCausland
Robert McCausland

<- future season ticket holder right there. I don't care where the stadium is built. It will be great to have a first class team with first class ownership in Miami. It would be so cool if people supported this team like the fans do in Vancouver, Seattle, etc. . . .

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

He must be crazy to think Miami fans are going to sit out in 90 degree heat suffering through a 90 minute soccer game.  We are already grouponing fans to come out to 2.5 hour Marlins games.  If Beckham wasn't so entrenched in the lifestyle he would see how big of a mistake this is going to be.

Ma'at Rivers
Ma'at Rivers

Anything that sleazy little mayor is for, I'm against.

John Perez
John Perez

Give me a Prehistoric Village as a World UNESCO Site before an MLS team.

Anthony Bayona
Anthony Bayona

Thats great. Just dont ask us to pay for it or finance it for you. Been there, done that, still payin the bill....

Steven Jalil
Steven Jalil

For those wanting the name of the team: The entity that all this is being handled under is "Miami Beckham United LLC" - might end up being the name of the team

zdrd_2000
zdrd_2000

People should actually listen to the proposal before making backwards ass comments. Love the ones that knock the Marlins.....dumbasses a new stadium doesn't mean championship, The problem with the Marlins is it's owner not the stadium.


Edward G. Rickey
Edward G. Rickey

hopefully they will perform better than your baseball team has after they got their new stadium.

Ernie Torres
Ernie Torres

I agree with Michael Miranda, definitely do something with the Marlins stadium disaster.

Rosemary Osorio
Rosemary Osorio

Thank you, David Beckham !! Finally we will have our own Soccer Team and Soccer Stadium !! AND ALL WILL BE PRIVATELY FUNDED. No tax payers money will be used ☺

Brian Gordon
Brian Gordon

Hope they have a good American name. Why don't they use Joe Robbie that's what it was built for , both American and European Football.

Sar Moss
Sar Moss

I hope its from his pocket and not tax payers......

Chris Cvnt
Chris Cvnt

oh great ANOTHER sports arena......perfect

Rodrigo Font
Rodrigo Font

Great news. I will go to games and I'm American.

Joy Baker
Joy Baker

I'm surprised it took this long. Last time I stepped outside my door, there were enough South Americans and Europeans to make this huge down here.

Rhatia Renée
Rhatia Renée

This is good for Miami and the time is right. Looking forward to attending a good match!

Durrell Allen
Durrell Allen

Put it right where parrot jungle was... It be perfect

dannycosta21
dannycosta21

@CITYRIDERRT19  A lot of soccer-only stadiums are made to have a roof that covers the majority of the stands and the sun only goes onto the field. We'll see if they plan to go that route

MIASOCCER
MIASOCCER

@CITYRIDERRT19

I assume uve never been to a soccer game before. This 90 degree and 90 mins situation happens all day everyday in soccer world

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