Here's What Beckham's Soccer Stadium Next To Marlins Park Would Look Like

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Sure, most of us are paying attention to what's going on in an existing soccer stadium an entire continent away as of this writing, but the future of a brand new soccer stadium right here in Miami is still very much a floating issue.

Yesterday, County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez released his own model for what a 40,000-seat soccer stadium for David Beckham's MLS team might look like if it was located right next to Marlins Park.

See also: David Beckham's Boat Slip Stadium Plan Is Dead

Mind you, no one asked Suarez to do this. He just kind of had his staff do it on their own. It's clear these plans aren't quite on the professional level we've scene when Beckham's own team came up with plans for previous sites at the port and Museum Park.

Despite that, Suarez says his plan has the support of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Chairman Willy Gort, and commissioners Francis Suarez and Marc Sarnoff. Suarez says the his fellow former mayors, Manny Diaz and Maurrice Ferre, also support the plan (for whatever that's worth).

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"As can be seen in the rendering, several small parcels of land would need to be acquired; additionally, minor changes would be necessary on NW 17 Avenue. However, it is feasible and not costly since the infrastructure is already in place," reads a statement from Suarez's office.

See also: Rep. Joe Garcia Wants Beckham to Build Stadium in Homestead or Florida City

"This is the only site with sufficient space which is accessible to public transportation, and also connected to principle roadways. The proposed site also takes into consideration the requirement of the Beckham Group that the stadium be near downtown."

Here's, of course, the two immediately obvious points:

The plans is for a 40,000-seat stadium.
Beckham's plan for a soccer-specific stadium at Museum Park called for just 20,000 seats. That's inline with other MLS stadiums. The only talk of Beckham's group wanting a larger stadium is if they entered a deal to share the stadium with the University of Miami Hurricanes. The school indicated they'd only be open to it if the stadium held -- you guessed it -- at least 40,000 people. Suarez mentioned nothing of this specifically. The school and team decided earlier this month to not go through with the idea anyway, and the Hurricanes would need the blessing of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to get out of their current lease at Sun Life Stadium. Ross isn't keen on the idea, and with his own stadium deal finalized, the county doesn't have much leverage left. So, yes, a plan for 40,000 seats is odd. Very odd.

MLS doesn't want to be near Marlins Park.
"No -- we're not considering that location," MLS President Mark Abbott told the Miami Herald about land next to Marlins park earlier this month. "Our strong belief is that, to be successful, it needs to be downtown."

So despite the MLS and Beckham wanting a 20,000-seat stadium somewhere in downtown, a county commissioner had produced his own plan for a 40,000-seat stadium just out of downtown. Makes sense?

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realjunglekat
realjunglekat

Nothing the city does makes sense.


On Thursday June 26 the city commissioners unanimously, led by Commissioner Mark Sarnoff, voted to bunch together 2 important issues in 1 vote coming up this August 26


The ballot called for the voters to approve the city renewing the leases of Bayside and renovating the site.  Well, now the city has added in 1 vote to decide as well if you want to approve the Skyrise obersvation tower, a private venture to be built on waterfront public land.


If you vote NO for the Skyrise tower, it will automatically mean a vote NO for bayside.  See? the city is forcing you to approve the Skyrise.


Also the city has added another vote on the ballot for the Miami residents to RESCIND (GIVE UP) their right to vote when the city has to lease, change or sell public waterfront and submerged lands.


Get the drift?  The city commissioners now want you to have no say on their decisions on waterfront public land.


This will open the way for them to do whatever they want with this precious public land and the voter will have no say about it.


Vote NO on august 26 for both issues... its a scam


Cole Hower
Cole Hower

This town is ridiculous, keep pushing these shitty locations and you'll push him right out of town. And I wouldn't blame him if he left already.

JohnCz
JohnCz

Why not use the old Marine Stadium and build a floating field.  I believe they did something like that in Singapore ... we can too.  Great views of the city (a Beckham group criteria), can be used for outdoor concerts and give South Florida some practice building structures on water to deal with the inevitable flooding we will see later this century. This would be forward thinking.

Kauo Oyo
Kauo Oyo

@manuel moreno: private investment(int'l),mostly. some public. phased development...doable.

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

Thought this deal was dead. How did Beckham bend his stadium silliness via Suarez back to Miami?

Mike-Mari April
Mike-Mari April

The real reason they rejected the downtown site next to the AA arena is because the pricy high rise building across the street will decress in value and would obstruct the building view to the bay. Yet they can offer the site next to the Marlin stadium because they can displace the lower income all latin families in that area. Yet its all right to build high rise shoping malls on the water. Don't trust any miami political suggestions !

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

just play at marlins park and save all the money

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

Dude just build it in Homstead. These proposals are ridicules! There is NO space!!!

Miriam Merino
Miriam Merino

Come on!!!! STOP CEMENTING OUR WATEFRONT. Make sure you all vote NO on august 26 on the ballot to rescind our right to vote for things like these.

Andreana Jackson
Andreana Jackson

why can't they just go to sun life and it a day! I am sick it!

Rick284
Rick284

politician after politician has lined up to say how this is their favorite site.  funny, the guys actually paying for it and the league that would actually play there want nothing to do with it.  NOTHING. The politicians, who don't have an entrepreneurial bone in their bodies think they are smarter than the businessmen whose very wealth and lives depend on the success of this endeavor.

Javy Pino
Javy Pino

Horrible idea... Move it back to the waterfront

MrLive Wires
MrLive Wires

First you gotta get tri city electric to sell their property. And that wont happen.

Jorge Amador
Jorge Amador

Why cant they make a deal and play at dolphins stadium.

Jesse Coro
Jesse Coro

Love how Miami politicians manipulate everyone by thinking their idea is best. The boat slip spot was amazing and parking would be a breeze since it would share the same places as the AAA. They just want to force Becks into building UM a free stadium.

Adner Arana
Adner Arana

Won't work. Nobody likes going to that stadium because of the bad neighborhood.

Alicia Chapman
Alicia Chapman

We need to get together as a community and fight against Xavier Suarez and David Beckham and this ridiculous stadium!! Our city is already being taken over by condominiums now stadiums!!! Wtf

Uriel Perez
Uriel Perez

Naw... not there, that takes over my smoke spot

Carlos Sanchez
Carlos Sanchez

Carlos A Mercado look at the base ball diamond..... Miami sky line is on the outfield...

Barb Pernaris
Barb Pernaris

HUGE mistake. Waste of money and tax dollars. I'm so against it!!!

FatHand
FatHand

...and then Commission Suarez bit an opposing commissioner on the shoulder, later describing the action as "just part of having a meeting."

Manuel Moreno
Manuel Moreno

Kauo Oyo: where do you propose the funds would come from?

Anthony Reals
Anthony Reals

Another stadium in the hood that nobody goes to?...

John Fugate
John Fugate

Maybe they'll give him some land on the ocean

John Fugate
John Fugate

You should really start talking to the city of Fort Lauderdale at this point

Wilfredo Sosa
Wilfredo Sosa

Why I always ruin a neighborhood, find somewhere else to run your novelty

Felipe Lobón Domínguez
Felipe Lobón Domínguez

As long as the canes could move to it I'd be happy. Finally getting an MLS team + a new home for the 'canes closer to the Gables?! sounds like a win win to me.

venom
venom

it seems your not a sports fan. Real cities have real sports teams. If you don't want them move to Idaho.

venom
venom

Get informed bro, the owner is financing it so therefore I propose the funds are coming from the owner. Jeez.

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