A Shaq-sized basketball training facility could be heading to Miami Gardens near Hard Rock Stadium.
Next Level Basketball, a player development company based in Hollywood, is looking to build a sports facility measuring between 60,000 and 80,000 square feet at a 4.6-acre site owned by the city at 2775 Northwest 183rd Street, which is a few blocks east of Miami Carol City Senior High.
The cost to build it would be between $30 million and $40 million, reports The South Florida Business Journal.
On Wednesday evening, the city council granted permission for the city to negotiate a lease and development an agreement with the company, according to NLB Co-owner and President Jonathan Ramos. Among the NBA players the company has trained are former Heat big man Michael Beasley and current Warriors guard Quinn Cook.
“We’re working on bringing something this community has never had,” Ramos said. “And this game has done so much for all of us that we want to share a facility that meets everyones needs.”
Designed by Behar Font & Partners, the proposal includes eight indoor basketball courts, a 400-space parking garage, and 12 retail units, the latter envisioned to include the likes of food services, a sports bar, health facilities, and a fitness center. They also plan to use the space to house tournaments in addition to AAU and USBA games.