Soccer superstar David Beckham plans to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami, possibly creating a sports hub in the city's downtown area.
/ Source: World Property Channel
Neither Mr. Beckham nor MLS have officially announced an expansion franchise in Miami yet, but rumors abound surrounding a stadium location as well as possible investors. Mr. Beckham has been frequently visiting Miami, reportedly speaking to city officials on a potential stadium site. His investors have asked Miami Dade County to consider stadium construction on the Port of Miami, located on Dodge Island, according to The Miami Herald.
Plans for a stadium on the southwest part of Dodge Island, not far from the Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena, calls for a 25,000-seat stadium, the paper reports. Miami Heat player LeBron James has confirmed interest in working with Mr. Beckham for the Miami franchise.
After his retirement from MLS last spring, Mr. Beckham announced his intention to exercise a contract option allowing him to purchase a franchise for a discounted $25 million.
The city has a 25-year PortMiami master plan to upgrade the southwest corner of the island with commercial development, including a hotel, an office complex and a harbor for mega-yachts with views to downtown's Bayside Marketplace.
However, the port site may not be the final decision. Mr. Beckham's group is considering about 30 potential stadium sites, not necessarily on public land. Billionaire Marcelo Claure of the Miami-based global wireless distributor Brightstar is among the athlete's investor group.