David Beckham's Boat Slip Stadium Plan Is Dead
Another plan bites the dust. According to several reports, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and city manager Daniel J. Alfonso have decided against the idea of filling in the FEC boat slip to allow the construction of a stadium for David Beckham's MLS team.
Regalado had joined with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez to recommend the site in the first place. The idea became a contender after plans to build the stadium on the Port of Miami were ditched.
Update: Regalado bluntly told the Miami Herald, "The slip is off the table."
A 20,000-seat stadium would have been built on land currently occupied by the boat slip and Museum Park right next door to American Airlines Arena. Beckahm's group said that the end result would actually see Museum Park gaining 8.5 acres in total park line thanks to new land created by filling in the slip connecting the park to land behind AAA.
Though, concerns that the stadium would effectively block a full view of the park soon took hold. Residents of nearby luxury high-rises were particularly vocal.
Though there have been other areas for a potential stadium discussed, none of those ideas has been well developed.