DAVID BECKHAM TEAM TO PRESENT ALTERNATIVE STADIUM PLANS

David Beckham’s team will today present fresh plans for a new stadium in downtown Miami, after suffering a setback earlier this week.

The former England football captain, who also played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, saw plans to build at PortMiami rejected by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday after opposition from political and business leaders.

Beckham wanted to build a $250 million, 25,000-seater stadium, with views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami, for his new MLS franchise. 

However, it now looks like a site next to the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena is the favourite option to host the as yet unnamed team. 

That area is currently occupied by an unused boat slip and will need to be filled in before building could begin.

Despite the delay, it is still hoped that the franchise will be ready to compete in the 2017 MLS season.

Posted on 22/05/2014