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David Beckham Plans to Build 75,000 Seater Stadium in Miami For His MLS Team

beckham fiu miami David Beckham Plans to Build 75,000 Seater Stadium in Miami For His MLS Team

According to a report coming out of England tonight, David Beckham has decided that his Miami MLS team will temporarily play at Sun Life Stadium before moving to a brand-new 75,000 seater stadium that will be built with money from David Beckham and his investors.

If true, it’s a logical move by Beckham. Sun Life Stadium, even as a temporary home, offers the best location, facilities and easy access for soccer fans throughout South Florida compared to Marlins Park (which doesn’t possess a conducive experience for watching soccer games in a stadium designed for baseball) and FIU Stadium (which is located too far for soccer fans from Broward and Palm Beach Counties).

The land that Beckham has identified for the 75,000-seat stadium hasn’t been revealed, but a source close to Beckham said:

“It’s such an exciting project, he has found some land and it’s pretty much all ready to go.

“It will be a special stadium, really up to date. Hopefully it will be used for concerts too. David wants it to be a real spectacle in Miami.”

But before soccer fans in South Florida start getting too excited, a couple of things in the article don’t make sense. First, building a stadium that has a 75,000 capacity seems out of character for a MLS team. A stadium with a capacity of 20,000-30,000 would be more realistic. If Beckham wants a 75,000-seat stadium, why not make Sun Life Stadium the permanent home (other than the fact that Sun Life Stadium wouldn’t be owned by him, and that the stadium doesn’t have a hotel and shops that could be planned for Beckham’s stadium)? Second, the article mentions a 2015 launch date for the Miami MLS team, which is far too aggressive considering that it wouldn’t provide the team with much time to get everything lined up to launch successfully. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said on Tuesday that he could see the Miami team coming on board in either 2017 or 2018.

Having said that, Miami could be ready to launch in 2015 to coincide with the 2015 launch of Orlando City.

Who wants to bet that Beckham will make an announcement in Kansas City at MLS Cup on December 7?

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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18 Responses to David Beckham Plans to Build 75,000 Seater Stadium in Miami For His MLS Team

  1. sucka99 says:

    75000 seat stadium only makes sense if he wants to also attract a Super Bowl (which would mean buying the Dolphins also), Bowl games and the Final Four (which would mean a retractable roof). Sounds way too good to be true.

  2. Dean Stell says:

    Sounds a little too big to be true, but maybe there’s kernels of truth in there. Like maybe it’s a normal-sized MLS stadium that comes with expansion plans to 75K or something like that?

    On the other hand, I’d love to see more big-and-bold in MLS. The thing that holds the league back is small-time thinking. “Let’s have salary caps for stability.” “Let’s try not to complete with football on the calendar.” Screw that…..put a world-class product on the field and people will support it. I’m sure Beckham’s group will make every effort to be world-class.

  3. Todd Shenk says:

    I can’t see how that would be a sound business idea. Is soccer in Florida really that popular? The Marlins average attendance was under 20,000 as was the Rays with those two teams as the two worst attendances in MLB for 2013. The Dolphins are popular, but that’s american football and a completely different story. As you said, a typical MLS stadium is closer to 20-30K. A 75K seater is just preposterous if you ask me. There is no way that would get even close to filled for a soccer game, unless I am completely underestimating the soccer community in Miami.

    • F19 says:

      You’re not underestimating. The realistic HIGH average attendance for MLS in Miami over a full season will be around 15,000 per game. The Dolphins can’t fill the 75,000 seat stadium they own, they’ve been in the bottom 7 of league attendance 3 years in a row, and they are the NFL, lord of all sporting properties.

      I think it’s pretty obvious whoever the hack was that wrote the original story in the UK saw the 75,000 capacity of Joe Robbie(where the Dolphins play and possible temporary home for Beckham’s team) and thought it meant the supposed new stadium.

      Joe Robbie Stadium long term or a county line new venue for Becks FC could be a disaster 10 years from now. Being that close to Broward would siphon off fans from the Strikers and potentially kill them off which would be terrible. And then in the likely case the fickle Miami fans stop showing up for the MLS outfit when the team underperforms or doesn’t have stars up to the standard of the “soccer savvy” Miami market, Beckham and his people lose interest, abandon the enterprise, leave it to some uncommitted owner or the league itself and before you know it, South Florida is a soccer wasteland once again.

      Do whatever you’re going to do MLS, but for the love of god keep it south. You want the flashy South Beach/downtown/Bayside image, please do it. Stay as far away from Fort Lauderdale as possible. Don’t take a wrecking ball to pro soccer here for second time.

    • christian says:

      Kartik, you know the market down there. 75K? You need to go wake that ownership group up. A stadium even half that size is overly ambitious.

  4. March says:

    I’m skeptical, but I wish him luck.

  5. Arboleda says:

    Way too big unless they are planning on stadium sharing with the Dolphins but even then I would be extremely skeptical. The Dolphins stadium is never full. The Marlins stadium is nearly empty most of the time. Even the Heat who are the back to back champs do not always have a filled arena. I would be shocked if it happens. Wish them the best of luck but we’ll see.

  6. Dust says:

    If and when Beckham announces the franchise I can only see it having a positive impact on football in south Florida and that includes ft lauderdale.

    I’m sure he will make it a success, everything he does he succeeds at…south florida should count its self lucky it’s having Beckham invest in MLS there.

    How many former Man Utd and Real Madrid mega stars that understand great youth setups having come through one of the best with the passion for the game as strong as David have invested in the sport out here?

    No Rodney marsh doesn’t count, he is not in the same league as Beckham and football / MLS awareness has never been as bug as it is now either. (Because of Beckhams presence by the way).

    Revenue alone from outside the USA from his insanely loyal global fanbase that buy anything to do with Beckham will be a great asset.

    MLS, MLS fans and in particular South Florida is lucky to have Beckham invest in it… Those turning their nose up and being pius about the whole thing stuck in some insane reality distortion field about how pure or local their football is know nothing about Beckham and need a look at themselves.

    I’m sure Coventry, Pompey etc would love to have beckhams attention and focus on their club given the glut of poor ownership and investment they’ve had….

    Good luck I say, South Florida football should flourish under this partnership, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if just like he did when arriving as a player he raised the level of interest in MLS again across America.

    If South Florida / non Miami area don’t want that success, the 7m plus ppl in the Bay Area would take it. I’m sure he’d teach Lou wolf and the ownership at the earthquakes a thing or to about youth setup, football, market / community real “Bay Area” integration, not just a short sighted San Jose / South Bay approach.

  7. goatslookshifty says:

    given his Hollywood connections, He could CGI 65,000 supporters in the stands for the benefit of TV broadcasts.

  8. moe says:

    That figure was surely an error.

  9. Daniel says:

    The only way this would make any kind of sense of it was a replacement for Sun Life Stadium for the Dolphins to play in-similar to what is happening in Atlanta.

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    That’s about 45000 too many.

  11. Felix says:

    As a European reader of your site, I was abit surprised at this news. It seems to me also, that the young Beckham has gotten carried away.

    In reality, the best football stadiums are the likes of Liverpools Anfield, or the newly build Juve Stadium of Juventus. These stadiums designed for football, hovering around the 40.000 mark.

    They go bigger, but tier after tier rising into the sky, really just creates a cone structure that lets the atmosphere dissipate into the big sky above.

    Football is at it’s best, starting at stadiums around the 20.000 mark, like Swanseas Liberty, or the whole range of MSLs own newly build stadium. And then rising to hover around the 40.000 mark, where to me the pinnacle of intensity and atmosphere is at.

    Much higher numbers, impress more when you read about them, than when you actually frequent them. You have a tendency to think, 80.000! Wow this must mean twice the atmosphere of Anfield. Turns out that’s not correct, Anfield has twice the atmosphere of the 80.000 seater.

  12. Frill Artist says:

    He’s gone full nutter.

  13. NC says:

    It’s coming from the Mirror which makes me skeptical. If you’ve followed Miami’s MLS flirtations in the past year you would know that the Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has dropped a couple hints about wanting a team. This fall several news outlets have reported that he is connected to this Beckham/Claure group. If those three guys are all in on it, then this stadium would make total sense. The State Legislature killed the Dolphins earlier plan to renovate Sun Life. Stephen Ross wants a nicer place for the Dolphins and a lot of people questioned the rationale behind putting money into an older facility. This project would be the perfect marriage. You get a new place for Super Bowls, MLS, internationals, etc.

    But again, it’s the Mirror so I’m skeptical.

  14. Bruce Minnick says:

    How would MLS approve this, when they refused to approved of Orlando City playing in the Citrus Bowl. The Citrus Bowl holds 65-70k and they said it was too big; hence OCSC having to get local Govt support to build a new smaller stadium. Things like this make it sound like something is going on “under the table” or preferential treatment and would suck for Orlando City and the other possible addition (not counting NY2, since they were WAY PREFERENTIAL)…

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