The last stadium built in Miami caused a public uproar that still has locals seething until this day.
Miami Beckham United has no intention of having history repeat itself.
Tim Leiweke, one of David Beckham’s partners in trying to bring an MLS franchise to Miami, wrote a detailed open letter in the Miami Herald on Thursday night outlining the plans for ownership group Miami Beckham United’s proposed stadium in Little Havana.
Unlike the Marlins Park venue that it is hoped it can sit next to, the soccer-specific stadium is going to be privately-financed. Leiweke also said Miami Beckham United is trying to sweeten the deal by giving back to the community via a long list of concessions, including handing over ownership to the Miami-Dade County school board once the stadium is built, providing educational space within the venue for sports, music, entertainment and more.
Leiweke also said that if an agreement is struck, Miami Beckham United will give locals the “full power” to approve the proposal for the stadium.
Beckham announced his plans to expand into Miami back in Feb. 2014. The global soccer icon needs to first come to terms with city officials on a deal for a new stadium before being officially awarded a franchise, but has had trouble finding a spot that local government officials and the general public approve of.
What do you think of this letter by Miami Beckham United? Is the deal that Beckham and his group are offering a good one for Miami? How do you see this playing out in the coming weeks?
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