David Beckham's Boat Slip Stadium Plan Is Dead

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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.

See also: Here's What Beckham's New Miami MLS Stadium Site Will Look Like

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.

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Boko_Yono
Boko_Yono

This American soccer is just a fad...Not much different than Jai alai - If the fan base is so strong...It will not matter WHERE the stadium goes...So for the love of Pete (or Pele) let's not give prime real estate, or aqua state to this endeavor!

christian_ferreyra
christian_ferreyra

Brazil is not miami, Frank. They have been playing soccer for more than 100 years, and there's no growing business there like there is in here. If you don't think so just pay attention at the growing of soccer bars, small teams, primary school programs, college programs, university programs and the us fighting every 4 years to have the honor to compete on the only worlwide massive sport that moves the kind of money, NFL, NBA, and NBL, can't move all together. Thanks God, Miami is not run by "if Frank like it or not".

Tony
Tony

Fat cats living in there million plus dollar condos don't want it. Just like they didn't want the dirty tractor trailers driving past their condos. So the state and county and city gave in and billions of our tax dollars in a tunnel to satisfy them. Now We are pissing off the only real chance Miami has to become a truly international city and claim a slip that is only used by huge mega yachts otherwise it sits abandoned. Gain acres of Public Park waterfront land space. Really Mayor Regla is it that close to reelection time. Do you really need that campaign contribution that bad or did Beckhams briefcase wasn't as big as theirs when they slid it under the desk. We did not forget your campaign contributors being busted for illegal gambling machines and you and the city manager by any means necessary finding a way to get rid of the only honest chief the city has had in decades. 

Dennis Ruiz
Dennis Ruiz

Kenneth Carrera Hey Beckham should build that stadium next to Dolphin Mall. You want a view of the water. You don't have enough with the water canals and lakes?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..........then again, maybe SOCCER is for MIAMI.........For decades, “joga bonito” was an innocent way of life. Now it is a huge business where corruption, greed, mercenary mentality, and even outright criminal behavior run rampant. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, FIFA, which is football’s ruling body, is in the middle of a serious corruption investigation at its very top, for accepting bribes relating to the vote to award Qatar the 2022 world cup. Qatar itself has been involved in grave human-rights abuses, such as using Nepalese slave labor, to build extravagant STADIUMS. The massive amounts of money poured into football have turned skilled athletes into high-roller mercenaries and perverted the once beautiful game.

....."corruption, greed, mercinary mentality".....that's would fit right in here in MIAMI

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.......................and for those of you who think giving away free city land doesn't "cost" the taxpayers anything - a small one acre plus or minus piece of privately owned land within a few blocks of this at EPIC MARINA is about to sell for $100,ooo,ooo as is 900 LINEAR FEET OF LAND undeveloped to accomodate mega-yachts

by comparision the city is giving an ESTIMATED  value of over $300,ooo,ooo for the land alone

the city should have FIRST sold it to those soccer lovers for about $150,ooo,ooo, and THEN said it cannot build a stadium there

Frank Daddario
Frank Daddario

...............i guess if we just keep building STADIUMs we will survive ! ? ! we could change from the "MAGIC CITY" to the "CITY OF STADIUMs" imagine DISNEY WORLD emptying out and those crowds flocking here to see all the new STADIUMs AS ft liquordale is the VENICE of america with all it's canals and waterways MIAMI can become the ROME of america with all its new STADIUMs and all the uber-DRUG KING PINs will stop buying condos and will BUY STADIUMs - imagine the "PABLO ESCOBAR WORLD SOCCER STADIUM"

christian_ferreyra
christian_ferreyra

More than 1.5 billion people will be viewing the wold cup, this month. Like it or not, Soccer is the number one sport worlwide, and can bring to miami the money NFL, basketball or Baseball will never do, even together. And that's is without saying that soccer is the most growing sport in the USA, who after years of really hard work, made it to the world cup again.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

................FWIW the marlins stadium is a disaster, the AAA generates NO significant RENT for the city, the OLDE MIAMI ARENA project is still being paid off (even though today it is an empty lot), the WATER AND SEWER infastructure is on the verge of collapse, the school district has maintenance and repairs workers with 30 years edperience and dedicated service making MINIMUM WAGE (and for a time between contracts NO HEALTH BENEFITS) = miami is the LARGEST POOR CITY IN AMERICA

SO AN UNEDUCATED AND UNEMPLOYABLE DRUG ADDICT WANTS WELFARE TO BUY HIM A BUGATTI BECAUSE JAY-Z SAYS SO

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............yawn, what ?

timmy25930
timmy25930

simply put: those who wanted the park, have the interest of everyone in mind. those who wanted the soccer stadium, only have their own interests in mind. 


public park - everyone can enjoy VS stadium - a very small segment of people would enjoy. i think the win is clear


those who wanted the stadium in the park space are "selfish." PERIOD.



and BTW: the park was there first efffffers. lol

Kenneth Carrera
Kenneth Carrera

Dennis Ruiz let them build that stadium in ur hood. Just don't build it on public land. This ignorant fuck just wants a view of the water. You can have ur stadium, just not on the bay.

Kenneth Carrera
Kenneth Carrera

So glad it got canned. Leave the public some space to see the water. At least till the next wealthy douche wants it.

utrik
utrik

Plus sucker. Take this shit to Ukraine. We got the "Black Ass" Heat!

utrik
utrik

If the truth were told, the Red Necks would flood this town with

motor cycles and chains, as well as create a mile wide Rio

Grande River to keep them back. Go to Palm Beach and

Boca to see how their kept in a strangle hold.

All this thieving bullshit begins and "ends" in South Florida.

They don't play this crap in the real United States.

utrik
utrik

South Florida's Hispanic government will do anything  for a dime.

Try that shit ina Cub and they'll hang your ass from  a bridge.

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

Yay for parks and public spaces in Miami. Nay for multi-millionaire cry babies who want our money and public spaces for their big baby games.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter




Stop giving out cash: In joint ventures with big private enterprises, taxpayers always get screwed. Just look at the Miami Heat, the Miami Marlins, Jungle Island, the new Miami Art Museum, the tunnel to nowhere, the Adrienne Arsht Center, and on and on.



Diego Ramtov
Diego Ramtov

I guess Brian clarke thinks the NBA and NFL are real "world champions"...

Elizabeth Postigo
Elizabeth Postigo

I'm reading some comments, want to reply back but instead I'll say...."F*** this s****

Michael Kellett
Michael Kellett

Dennis Ruiz, want soccer bad enough to return to your roots? Now that's an idea ;-)

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

Which residents were vocal? 75% of condos are empty! They rejected the casino on the Miami Herald property,now they rejected the stadium, what's next? Do they know that Miami is a tourist town and everyone's livelyhood depends on tourism?

Dennis Ruiz
Dennis Ruiz

Wow... Lots of people here are posting ignorant comments. Soccer or Football is played all over the world. Some redneck asshole saying “soccer is boring" go back to the trailer and drink your Milwaukee best. I want a soccer stadium in Miami. This city is home to thousands of south Americans who enjoy this sport. Soccer mania is growing fast in the USA. Plus we will be hosting Copa America in 2016. "for all you ignorant fucks, that's a huge soccer tournament where all the countries from north to south America participate" So get your facts straight before commenting.

Fulano De Tal
Fulano De Tal

How about using Marlins park. And once you're established then consider your own stadium.

Kelley Ramer
Kelley Ramer

Erica Gil Hollie Altman Adelee Cabrera Cristina Frontera-Sepúlveda

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

Graffiti such as “FIFA go home” or “F*@k the world cup” have appeared on walls from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. There are many reasons to be anti-FIFA, and being from Brazil is not the only one

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.........................the ones bring the money into MIAMI are the uber-DRUG KING PINS who own all the luxury high-rise condo units and estate homes on the bay and buy very rare expnsive vehicles and operate the entertainment and restaurant and bars

we don't need soccer = period

we got cocaine as our growth potential

we got hit-and-run driving as our sport

we got the world cup right here, full of blow

christian_ferreyra
christian_ferreyra

Biscayne landings could be a great options and I think their plan fits perfectly there, but there are some condo plans already approve by the city to fill it up completely. :(

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

What's this senseless rant all about? Drugs are bad.

rolmas
rolmas

@DRAKEMALLARD.0 that's a great concept, except they were going to pay for the stadium and filling in the slip...  when is the last time you came to downtown?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..............TOURISM IS ONLY A PORTION of the economic equations in league with the illegal DRUG industry which buys much of those high-rise luxury condo units and fancy cars and splurges on entertainment and restaurants and club activity ....and the U of M which employs one-third of the population when adding up all of its related activities

the BIG THREE are = tourism/ drugs/ the U

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

You do realize that the casino deal is a whole lot more complicated than this right? I'll answer for you: no you don't.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.........Dennis, unfortunately good fiscal managment is not based on what is only WANTED but what can be afforded - MIAMI quite simply stated is the largest poor city in america

the schools and basic services including water and sewer are in desperate need of funding and close behind is rampant corruption in the police and public administration of the city

i am certain all those family-oriented SOUTH AMERICANS WHO CALL MIAMI HOME would rather their children get a good public education and their families have clean drinking water and proper sewer and their communities be patrolled and safeguarded by honest police and thier municipalities be administered by honest officals WAY BEFORE THE FIRST DIME IS EVER SPENT ON SOCCER

and just maybe that is what all those "ignorant fucks" see as well

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Oh good, since there's thousands of South Americans here, perhaps they can come up with a better site for a stadium that will be home to a team that doesn't exist yet.

KMP6482
KMP6482

Rickenbacker toll... :(

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

Many in Brazil, who are outraged by the level of public spending for the World Cup in a country plagued by abject poverty and blatant inequality, are calling for a boycott of the event. One of the main preoccupations of the Brazilian government in the past few months has been the “pacification” of the shanty towns called favelas. The operation of repression and, sometimes of relocation of the poor, has been conducted brutally by militarized police. A majority of Brazilians are mad about the $14 billion cost of hosting the event, for which preparation has been marred by construction scandals, delays, and the deaths of many workers. Most Brazilians associate the World Cup with corruption, people’s eviction, and gross mismanagement of public funds at the expense of much-needed social programs.

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