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11/06/2014

Miami rejects Beckham's stadium plans

Words: Sam Waddicor

The city of Miami in Florida has rejected plans by former England captain David Beckham to build a football stadium on the city’s waterfront.

The proposed location was in the downtown Museum Park area directly opposite the Miami Heat’s basketball arena.

The city determined that it was “inappropriate” to have a stadium placed next to another major sporting arena. This is despite Beckham’s team offering a $2 million annual payment to the city to use the land. It would have been double what the Miami Heat began paying in a recently agreed deal.

This is the second location that Beckham has had turned down after his plans to build on the south-west corner of PortMiami were rejected by Miami-Dade County.

Beckham’s business group, Beckham Miami United, needs a stadium before it can win final approval for a new franchise from Major League Soccer (MLS). The group has agreed to finance a $250 million stadium with seating for 20,000.

Beckham’s real estate adviser, John Alschuler, said: “We respect the mayor’s decision, but we believe it would have been a great site — there was incredible passion in the community for it. I think it’s a disappointment and a lost opportunity for the city. Our team’s going to pause, they’re going to consider all alternatives and look forward to constructive engagement.”

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