The glitzy designs that David Beckham hopes will convince Miami to let him build a 25,000 stadium in one of the city's most prized locations were released on Monday, more than a month after he announced plans to bring a new MLS club at some yet to be determined point in the future. Beckham and his group of investors would like to put the stadium at PortMiami, nestling it right on Biscayne Bay and giving it views of the downtown skyline. It will also feature a plaza that might even include a David Beckham museum (perhaps inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo's Cristiano Ronaldo museum), according to the Miami Herald.
Speaking in Miami, Beckham explained the motivation behind the proposed stadium site. From NBC Miami:
"I think for me Miami is all about the water, all about the culture and I don't think people see that enough," he said. "Our stadium, our site is all about the skyline, all about the water and it opens up to that. That's what we want people to see all around the world."
It's all about the water! How could anyone say no to that? Well, it turns out they could and some already have. From the Guardian:
The task now facing Beckham, his investors and advisors, who have pledged to privately fund the building of the stadium and its ancillary elements, is to convince Miami-Dade county to let out (or perhaps just hand over) a significant plot of some of the most valuable real estate in the United States in aid of a sport that has already failed once in the city, while also providing tax breaks that would somewhat offset any rent income.
Some county officials believe the port area, a global hotspot for cruises and already inhabited by the Miami Heat basketball team, can’t handle any more traffic and has no room for the expected 5,000 cars descending upon every game. Royal Caribbean cruises, which draws a lot of water in the city, has already filed an objection to a port location.
That pledge to privately fund the stadium — which drew the biggest cheer of Beckham's original press conference to announce the new team — also seems to have a loophole to it. Again, from NBC Miami:
As for the finances, Beckham said he is going to Tallahassee Tuesday to seek state funding.
"Like I said, we will be funding this stadium ourselves, but as an organization, as a franchise, we want to be treated like any other franchise is treated," he said.
So...privately funded, except for whatever money they can squeeze out of the state. Got it.
Anyway, regardless of whether David Beckham can work his magic on the state politicians and Royal Caribbean cruises, the pictures are pretty, at least.
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