Beckham Has Backup Plan For Soccer Stadium, Site Next To Marlins Stadium Will ‘Probably’ Blow Up

If plans to build a soccer stadium next to Marlins Park fail, David Beckham has a backup site somewhere in Miami- but he isn’t saying where.

A Beckham representative told the Herald that they are in talks to buy several properties next to Marlins Stadium, and have offered above market value for those sites.  The Marlins ability to dictate naming, parking rights and other factors makes it “one of the most difficult” MLS stadium deals ever done, however.

Beckham is in negotiations with the Dade School Board to take ownership of the stadium to gain tax-free status. Some activists have said that the underused School Board headquarters property near the Arsht Center in downtown Miami is ideal for the stadium, but Beckham reps haven’t publicly mentioned the possibility of building there.

Update: Beckham’s partner said that property owners next to Marlins Stadium are asking unreasonable prices, and “they probably will blow this deal up.”

 

dade school board (photo:phillip pessar/flickr)

 

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John
5 years ago

I hope the speculation is right. Downtown would be a smarter location.

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

And of downtown locations this seems to be the most reasonable one.

marc
5 years ago

This is the site I’ve been advocating for since day 1. You have a couple exits from I395 into that area, access to Metro Mover onsite, and possibly a Tri-Rail stop a few blocks away. It also helps in further developing the supposed Arts and Entertainment District. The last thing is that at the end of the day they pay for the land.

Marc305
5 years ago

I for one hope that the site next to Marlin Stadium does not work out. Allowing MLB to control so much of a new team is a mistake. In addition that area is not easily accessible by public transportation and believing that they will build a Metromover is a pie in the sky. This area is by far a better choice!

Anonymous
5 years ago

And there are 2 Metromovoer stations adjacent to the property! There’s plenty of development space, since this area is somewhat blighted. This is the smartest idea I’ve heard yet. I still think they should build a multipurpose stadium for MLS, The Hurricanes, and the Dolphins… this is a much smarter location than Miami Gardens, PortMiami, and Little Havana by far but they’re already rebuilding Sun Life Stadium. Pity.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I agree, wish the dolphins and hurricanes played in Miami and not Mia gardens.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I like this area better. I like having all cultural/sporting venues in high density areas linked to public transportation is ideal. And also great for tourism since it can create entertainment areas.

Karl
5 years ago

The site next to Omni and Arsht mskes so much better sense. Also, same goes for land in Park West, however there is no School Board tie which really would be a blessing as you NEVER but NEVER want public entities as your partner in Miami Dade. Lastly, as attractive as the Port site is, it would be foolish to give valuable land to this level of sports entertainment away expecially if you want the port to stay relevant with the advent of the Panamal Canal increasing in shipping traffic. Port of Miami is a prominant economic engine to Miami Dade and it will need to expand accordingly as trade demands will increase. All the money spent in infrustructure would be foolishly lost on such a short sighted gain as a soccer stadiium on water front property with out mass transit. That is now behind and time to push foreward with a reasonable proposal that does not have political complexities.

everton-miami
5 years ago

Thank God. Becks actually has a proper plan in place. The politicians here could learn from that example.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I love the location it makes sense to me. Being right next to downtown with all the new development the view of downtown and surrounding buildings will be beautiful. Please Mr. Beckham build it here and if we all want him an his team to build here let’s start a petition. Let him see how many people rather see the stadium built in this area rather than Havana.

Marc305
5 years ago

You have my complete support

suomynona
5 years ago

HOORAY!

The fact that they’re saying this site might “blow up” hopefully means it’s already blown up.

Myself and one of the marc’s were big proponents of that downtown stadium months ago and were both highly disappointed when this junk Marlins stadium deal was announced.

I literally lost ALL interest in attending matches and had ZERO faith any mass transit would be linked to that site. That site needs a Metro RAIL extension, not a Metro Mover extension. Who needs a Mover extension is Wynwood/Midtown.

A downtown location is PERFECT considering highway access, Mover/Rail access and proximity to all of the downtown (re)development.

Marc305
5 years ago

As far as I can tell both Marcs on this site agree with you.

marc
5 years ago

You rang?

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Downtown site is a no-brainer, even in the remote and frankly impossible case that the metromover is extended to Marlins Park, the rest of Miami would still have to drive to that location; and honestly, nobody likes going there. Beckham and his investors should not settle for that third-rate site. Put it next to the Arsht !

Marc305
5 years ago

@suomynona – I too had lost all interest in attending matches at the Marlins location. If this site is chosen my business partners and I will gladly pay for season tickets.

marc
5 years ago

The article is just regurgitating the news from the Miami Herald from a day or two ago.

Marc305
5 years ago

Hadn’t read that one Marc, just keeping fingers crossed that the Marlins deal will not happen.

Anonymous
5 years ago

im no fortune teller but heres a prediction…..the close relationship with the school district and its available headquarters on land near arsht means this is already worked out and brings this stadium close to where beckham wanted it originally….the headline about blowing up only allows an exit strategy from this location near marlins

Anonymous
5 years ago

im no fortune teller but heres a prediction…..the close relationship with beckham and the school board and the location of school boards headquarters near arsht center means this will be location of stadium and they’ve already made a deal…..the headline about a potential blowup allows an exit strategy from marlins site….

Anonymous
5 years ago

All of these so called “soccer fans” on this message board will be nothing but the usual band wagon sports fan in Miami if Beckham get’s his way. When your soccer team sucks, you will be saying in unison “they suck, that’s why I don’t waste my time and money going to see them play.”

Mark my words.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I am up to bringing the stadium downtown but next to Arsht Center? I think the port idea was so much better

Anonymous
5 years ago

The valuable port land should remain for port activities, not everything can be “on the water…”, next to a metro mover station is exactly where it needs to be.

Aj
5 years ago

When he tried to rape Miami by trying to take our last remaining waterfront, beautiful and stunningly gorgeous museum park, he became the public enemy no1. From once being my hero, he fell in my view to be spit on the face worthy. I don’t care what he does after that grave unforgivable mistake. You should not have effed with our waterfront park. We just don’t have any public access waterfront park or any park for that matter in this city and we need every inch of it.

Anonymous
5 years ago

So the Marlins Park plan is already falling apart? I don’t think Beckham in Miami was meant to happen.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Downtown will never happen. They want free land and no taxes.

Anonymous
5 years ago

And I, for one, don’t want to see some stupid soccer stadium next to the Arsht or anywhere else downtown. Leave those area alone for residential and commerical use. Beckham can build his soccer stadium out near SunLife stadium and draw people from Dade and Broward counties.