A group led by global football superstar David Beckham has been given approval to purchase land for a new Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium in Miami, Florida, in the US.
According to The Guardian newspaper, the Miami-Dade Commission voted 9-4 in favour of the proposal to sell the group a county truck depot near to nine acres of land already acquired by the Beckham partnership.
The vote comes after Miami-Hade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson last week agreed to sponsor plans to sell the land to the Beckham group.
The three-acre site, which cost $9m (€8m/£7m), was the final piece of land the group required for the project and should the partnership gain final approval for the initiative, work could soon start on a 25,000-capacity stadium.
The venue is set to house a new MLS expansion franchise, with the group hoping that a team could be playing at the stadium by 2020.
In a statement, Miami Beckham United (MBU) said: “By purchasing the last piece of land needed for our privately-funded stadium, MBU is achieving another major milestone on the way to MLS formally awarding Miami a franchise.
“[We have] assembled a world-class team of partners, presented a vision for building the premier soccer club in the Americas, and assembled the land needed to build our stadium. Now is the time for MLS to move forward in helping us deliver the soccer club that Miami has been waiting for.”
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