Miami voters approved a measure on Tuesday that will help David Beckham and his ownership group build a soccer-specific stadium for an upcoming Major League Soccer team.
The approval now allows Beckham and his group to negotiate the lease of city land near Miami International Airport currently home to the Melreese Country Club — which they plan to transform into the stadium and a massive commercial complex, according to the Miami Herald. The decision will allow the bypassing of a competitive bidding process for the location, allowing Beckham and his group to negotiate terms of the lease before starting construction.
According to the report, the plan includes a 25,000-seat soccer stadium, at least 750 hotel rooms and at least 1 million square feet of office, retail and commercial space. A 58-acre public park next to the complex is also in the works.
Beckham and his ownership group — which includes Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son and Miami brothers Jorge and Jose Mas, among others — has struggled to secure land in Miami to build its stadium for years.
Miami and Nashville are both set to launch MLS clubs in 2020, the latest cities to land MLS expansion teams. Club Internacional de Futbol Miami, or Inter Miami, will play in a temporary stadium in 2020 before moving to its soccer-specific stadium in 2021. Miami and Nashville will become the 25th and 26th teams in the league when they join in 2020.
While the deal with the city for the land still needs to be locked down, Tuesday’s vote is a major victory for Beckham and his group’s quest to build the stadium in Miami.
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