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David Beckham Encounters Issues With Port Of Miami Location, But Other Possibilities Exist For Miami MLS Team

midtown miami David Beckham Encounters Issues With Port Of Miami Location, But Other Possibilities Exist For Miami MLS Team

David Beckham’s plans for building a MLS stadium at the Port Of Miami have come undone, according to a source familiar with the developments. The source considers the Port Of Miami/Watson Island project as “highly problematic” due to traffic considerations, potential parking hassles and the possible long-term need to expand the Port of Miami.

The source added that the concerns are shared by a number of Miami-Dade Commissioners as well, but that locations in Midtown, the Design District and on Miami Beach were being “strongly considered” instead.

The State of Florida has just spent millions of dollars on expansion of the Port of Miami and the building of a tunnel into the cargo area of the Port. In recent years, Port Everglades up the road in Fort Lauderdale has taken much of Miami’s cruise and cargo business. The building of a soccer stadium in the Port area, while desirable, could deny the city and county the ability to expand services at the facility if needed in the future.

As far as Midtown Miami, I’ve been informed that multiple sites in the area are being considered. And while the political leadership is committed to helping Beckham and his partners with the necessary permitting and assistance for a stadium, no tax dollars will be spent on the venue.

My source also indicated that with regards to temporary venues before the permanent stadium is built, many had expressed to Beckham’s group to “look elsewhere” before committing to Marlins Park. I’ve been informed that many of the local Miami political establishment feels burnt by the Marlins Stadium debacle and would like to see Beckham’s team avoid using Jeffrey Loria’s facility, if possible.

It was reiterated that the team will eventually call either the city of Miami or Miami Beach home. While temporary venues may be used outside the two cities, the soccer specific stadium that will be built to meet MLS requirements will either be close to Downtown Miami or be on Miami Beach.

Editor’s note: For the latest developments regarding David Beckham’s MLS team, visit the Miami MLS team page.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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4 Responses to David Beckham Encounters Issues With Port Of Miami Location, But Other Possibilities Exist For Miami MLS Team

  1. CTBlues says:

    If they end up playing in Marlins Park it will be funny to 2 MLS teams playing in baseball stadiums during you know baseball season where they play between 6 and 7 games a week. Yes not all games are at home but the logistics are going to be crazy for making up ran outs (for NYCFC that is) and constantly having to lay sod down and rip it up again.

  2. E says:

    I hope they don’t play at the beach, just way to much going on down there and no freaking parking. It’s just to congested, downtown sure why not just tear down some of those ugly buildings already. And don’t play at Marlins Park, just play at FIU for now it is already set up for soccer.

  3. Daniel Rivera says:

    I think if UM needs to join in with Beckham on sharing the stadium, if its in the Midtown or Design District areas of the City.

  4. Soccer Rules says:

    Time for Beckham to look elsewhere, like St. Louis.

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