By FRANCO PANIZO
A new option in Miami has presented itself to David Beckham.
A group that last year purchased a building on Biscayne Bay where the Miami Herald used to operate has invited Beckham to look into the possibility of building a soccer-specific stadium in the area. Malaysian-based Genting Group, which has developed resorts and casinos from Hong Kong to New York, initially planned to construct a luxury casino resort at the location. However, state law doesn’t allow casino gambling at the site.
“I’ve invited Beckham to have a discussion with them because if you wanted to create a downtown stadium, that is a place where you can accomplish that,” City of Miami commissioner Marc Sarnoff told Local10.com.
Sarnoff added that the move to partner the Genting Group with Beckham has been in the works for a couple of months now. Beckham has met with Genting executives at least twice in New York, according to Sarnoff.
Beckham has had a hard time finding a stadium location in downtown Miami since announcing his plans to use his MLS franchise expansion discount on the South Florida metropolis back in May. He first saw his preferred PortMiami site receive lots of public objection before a boat slip next to the AmericanAirlines Arena was also shot down.
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