Artist drawings of the stadium for David Beckham’s Miami MLS team were revealed today.
The detailed sketches reveal Beckham’s plans to have the stadium built in PortMiami, on the edge of the waterfront that overlooks the downtown Miami skyline.
Beckham’s stadium plan calls for a 25,000 seater on a contentious property that has been called the most expensive piece of land in the entire State of Florida. The land is contentious because Royal Caribbean is in opposition to the soccer stadium plans. Plus there are a lot of question marks regarding the proposed stadium because:
(1) the stadium isn’t going to generate the amount of revenue and taxpayer dollars that other uses of that land would (and it’s important to note that the PortMiami project is already almost $1 billion in debt), and
(2) Beckham expects the 25,000 fans to park in downtown Miami and then walk 0.5-1 mile from parking lots in downtown Miami to the stadium, via a drawbridge. Florida is not a place where people are endeared to walking. Floridians love to drive.
While there’s no doubt that the stadium design is beautiful, the plans are practically dead on arrival. The likelihood that Beckham will gain approval for this stadium plan is slim to none.
According to The Miami Herald newspaper, “The overall site plan envisions connecting the stadium and plaza to downtown Miami via an unused drawbridge that would be converted into a linear park for pedestrians. The plaza, ringed by dining and retail establishments, would be programmed by the team with outdoor film screenings, concerts, World Cup broadcasts and other events throughout the year. The stadium would face the plaza with shops, maybe a Beckham museum, and open terraces. It would also have a nightclub open year-round to the public.”
A nightclub? I kid you not.
It’s more likely that the design plans pictured above and below will be ripped up and a different location in Miami will be selected. David Beckham has a lot of work cut out for him in order to find a better and more accessible location for soccer fans in South Florida.