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Beckham's Miami Stadium: First Renderings Released of Waterfront Park

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via @Miami_MLS Twitter
David Beckham's Miami soccer group has already made it clear that the southern tip of PortMiami is their preferred location for a new soccer stadium, and with the release of the first batch of artistic renderings this morning, it's clear why. The stadium, as they envision it at least, would have spectacular views of Miami's skyline through a futuristic roof.

Beckham's group also answered a number of lingering questions about the project in a interview with the Herald published this morning, including announcing plans for a new footbridge so fans could park downtown and confirming that the University of Miami is in talks to play football at the stadium.

design by Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture via @Miami_MLS Twitter
Among the biggest questions about Beckham's proposal have been how thousands of fans would get to the park for every game and where they would park. Beckham's group partially answered that question with Arquitectonica's plans for the stadium plaza, which would include a pedestrian bridge along an unused drawbridge already connected to the site.

That would allow fans to park downtown and make a 10 minute walk to the stadium. The planners also claim that since games would be at night, there would be minimal conflict with cruise ship traffic and would allow some parking on the island; they also promised not to schedule games the same nights the Heat are playing.

design by Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture via @Miami_MLS Twitter

The soccer group also confirmed to the Herald that they've been in "active discussions" with UM about possibly sharing the stadium for college football games, though they'd have to find a way to bump capacity up from 20,000 to 40,000 for college game days.

Beckham and his principal investor, Bolivian-born billionaire Marcelo Claure, have pledged to pay for the stadium themselves, but as usual, there is one bone for taxpayers to chew on: Since the stadium would be built on county-owned land, Beckham's group would ask for a tax break like the Heat and Marlins have on their properties.

design by Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture via @Miami_MLS Twitter
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dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

a monstrous eye-sore blighting downtown Miami

dantevida
dantevida topcommenter

We should believe the celebrities and lobbyists when they pitch this great plan for Miami.  Just like when the Heat promised to share revenues at the AA Arena, and build a pedestrian bridge to Bayside and provide public soccer fields at the arena, not to mention new requests for taxpayer assistance to now renovate, or when the Marlins said their poor financials, which they refused to disclose, prevented them from funding their stadium without massive taxpayer expense.  Or the forever losing Dolphins from seeking tax benefits for their renovations.  Yes, stadiums should be the top priority for our tax dollars, they are so beneficial to us.     

Richard A. Guerrero
Richard A. Guerrero

This are private inversion !! No like Marlins stadium,was fraud!!!they fool everybody!!

romeo
romeo

The only way this should be built is with private funds. Miami should not give the port land to the stadium. If they want cheap land, build the stadium in Overtown. Buy up a bunch of apartment complexes or even get the city to give up some of their project housing and build the stadium.  As far as the displaced residents, they should build some new housing close by. 

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

is the stadium for the miami taxpayer funded silly nannies

Aaron O'Connor
Aaron O'Connor

All you do-gooders talking about infrastructure...let those investing billions worry about there investments( climate change changes and nothing we can do will stop it) This is Miami and we want to watch soccer, sorry about the Marlins and the stadiums poor performance but the excitement of soccer will prevail.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........................whenever really rich and powerful people really want something it's usually for their OWN benefit and typically screws the little guy = period

you won't see any of these greedy bastards running around pushing for PUBLIC schools to be better funded - do you ? of course not they can't put anything in their OWN pockets on those issues AND if they have kids those kids go to PRIVATE schools anyway - so who gives a damn - right ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.........................you would think the city should better work on the water and sewer system that needed repairs and replacing fifty years ago now

boy oh boy, have these uber-wealthy greedy bastards have no shame to yet again rob and loot and rape poor MIAMI always leaving it worse off than it was ?

Steven D Picariello
Steven D Picariello

I agree with Eliyaim team will go under in a few years due to lack of support. Money wasted..Another white elephant

Andrew Pyle
Andrew Pyle

Just build it where the old Marine Stadium sits. Would be an awesome site for this stadium.

Henry Mauricio Ortega
Henry Mauricio Ortega

The stadium won't matter when sea level rise sinks Miami under water so instead the money could be spent building barriers for what it is going to be a real problem 10 to 20 years from now

Rodrigo Font
Rodrigo Font

Waste of money because you don't like soccer?

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.

Eva Jablonski
Eva Jablonski

It's beautiful. If he's paying for it, bring it.

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

I hope he's putting his own money down

Frank Daddario
Frank Daddario

WHY can't money be raised to OVERHAUL the educational system in MIAMI ?

Max Brill
Max Brill

There are dreamers & there are critics. I prefer the dreamers.

Dennis Barranco
Dennis Barranco

The city isn't paying for it. Supposedly Beckham and his group are privately building it.

Haley Ambros
Haley Ambros

This city needs way more than another stadium that the public will lose interest with within a year

Eliyaim Gonzalez
Eliyaim Gonzalez

The priorities of this city are WHACK!! This'll all be underwater in a couple of years. How about planning for better public transportation? How about coming up with preventive solutions on letting billions of dollars in real estate from going being wiped out due to climate change. Miami will be the first to disappear off the map.

Manuel Moreno
Manuel Moreno

Waste of money. Better not come out of taxpayers dollars!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............................why waste an opportunity to yet again rape MIAMI with this stadium........we will build those barriers only when we desperately have to.............just like the necessary repairs and replacements on the water sewer system are behind some four or five decades of funding

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............................you really mean the city will NOT have to incur water and sewer costs or have police and fire protection ready or medical response capabilities or have to build or repair roads and sidewalks and install lighting on public streets ?

you mean this public property is going to be "given away" without consideration is not a "cost" to the city ?

if the city has to buy a single fire engine for the sole purpose of standing ready to respond to this stadium that alone is MORE than the city can currently afford = period

IF any of these sports arenas paid for themselves i would like to see the proof

YOU think TIGER STADIUM did anything for DETROIT ?

MIAMI has yet to pay off the debt on the original MIAMI ARENA

kvickson
kvickson

WHO SAYS THAT?THE  WITCH,  IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE CITY AND  WILL SINK, get lost TO ANOTHER PLACE, I LIKE THE IDEA, LOVE FOOTBALL.  

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