David Beckham’s quest to bring an MLS franchise to Miami continued last night at the Overtown YWCA, where his reps pitched residents on their updated stadium plans and unveiled a new rendering.
The new design shows an open 25,000-seat venue — an estimated cost of $500 million — with a canopy and without parking, located a block from the Miami River. The Miami Beckham United team, which has made it clear the stadium will not cost taxpayers a penny, is “encouraging the use of Metromover, Metrorail, water taxis, and ride-sharing,” per the Miami Herald, and says the stadium would create 50 permanent jobs.
To address parking concerns, Leiweke unveiled a strategy he said would help keep cars away from the stadium area. He said the team plans to arrange for a dinner-cruise boat to deliver fans to the Miami River a few blocks away, and would arrange for shuttle buses from parking garages in Miami. The team plans to secure at least 2,000 spaces a game, he said. The main focus would be on the nearby Metrorail station, with the Beckham group relying on soccer’s tradition of fans “marching” to the game.
With funding now finalized and two-thirds of the needed land purchased, one major hurdle remains before receiving formal MLS approval: the go-ahead for buying the remaining county-owned parcel. However, there was some opposition at the town hall meeting from local residents, with some wondering whether Beckham’s team is doing enough for the area.
A county vote is expected in a few weeks.
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