The Miami MLS Stadium is the working title of the proposed 20,000 capacity Football (Soccer) stadium for a yet-to-be-named Major League Soccer team owned by David Beckham and other investors.
When David Beckham left Real Madrid to sign for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 he received the option to own an a new Major League Soccer Franchise as part of the League’s ambitious plans for growth across North America. After retiring from football in 2013 after a short spell at mega rich French side Paris Saint Germain, he announced his desire to exercise the $25 million dollar option on his original contract and along with his investment team, began to assess potential locations for the Franchise.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber had previously touted Miami as a potential location for a new team after Miami Fusion Soccer Team folded in 2001 which prompted interest from a number of investors including F.C Barcelona in 2009. In December 2013 the Mayor of Miami, Carlos A. Giménez announced that he was ready to negotiate with the investment group known as “Miami Beckham United”.
Two months later on February 5th 2014 Major League Soccer formally announced the news but so far David Beckham’s Miami team haven’t been blessed with the best of luck with two proposed sites for the new stadium falling through. The first proposed site was on Dodge Island at PortMiami fell through due to concerns from nearby Seaport businesses and the second on the waterfront of Downtown Miami at Museum Park stirred strong opposition from locals.
With questions still remaining as to the location of the New Miami MLS stadium, don’t expect the new stadium to be built until at least 2018, with Beckham stating that the newly formed club still plans to launch in time for the 2017 season where they will groundshare if necessity requires it.