David Beckham's Top Choice for New MLS Stadium in Miami
The soccer superstar has zeroed in on Miami to host a possible new Major League Soccer expansion team. And now he's narrowed down his options for where he'd like to build a stadium.
David Beckham wants to bring professional soccer to South Florida and he's reportedly picked his top choice for a stadium site. He has his eye on PortMiami, just a stones throw away from where the Heat play at American Airlines Arena.
The Miami Herald reported that Beckham's group approached Miami-Dade County to ask if it would consider allowing a stadium on the seaport’s southwest corner. Deputy Mayor Chip Iglesias said that they would take a look at the proposal, but would not finance a stadium. However, he added that the franchise could potentially lease the site, if everything was approved, and build their own.
The proposal calls for a 25,000 seat stadium on 25 acres on the Dodge Island site. Parking could be a problem and so could traffic, with only two ways to get off and on the island.
Beckham's group is considering more than 30 potential stadium locations both on private and public land, but he likes PortMiami because it's in an urban setting.
The MLS has already agreed to launch new expansion teams in Orlando and New York in 2015, bringing the total number of teams in the league to 21. It's possible that Miami and Atlanta could get new teams in 2017.