A David Beckham-led group that is seeking to form a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami has revealed the latest details of a planned 25,000-seat stadium in the US city.
The stadium would be built in the Overtown neighbourhood, although the group, known as Miami Beckham United, still needs to finalise an agreement to purchase the land before work can commence on construction.
The group is keen to stick to its original plan of not having any on-site parking facilities, with public transport set to play a crucial role in taking fans to and from the ground.
Spencer Crowley, a lawyer and lobbyist representing the group, told the Miami Herald newspaper: “We’re going to be encouraging the use of Metromover, Metrorail, water taxis, ride-sharing. We view this as a paradigm shift for the county as to how people get to large events.”
Plans for a stadium on Miami’s Dodge Island were first proposed in 2014 before falling through. Further proposals for a ground in Downtown Miami, and a facility near Marlins Park – home of Major League Baseball team the Miami Marlins – also failed to come to fruition before Overtown emerged as a possibility.
Almost 18 months ago, Miami Beckham United met with Overtown officials to discuss the plans but no progress has been made. The group has now proposed to own its stadium site and will not seek county subsidies, according to the Herald. The stadium would not open until 2021.