Beckham Hopes To Complete Stadium One Year Early After Getting Approval To Buy Land

Miami-Dade’s commission approved a deal yesterday to sell land needed by David Beckham to build a soccer stadium.

The 3-acre water and sewer land will be sold for $9 million.

The group now hopes to open the stadium in 2020 – one year earlier than they said at a community meeting a few weeks ago. Zoning and street closure approval will come in 2018, and construction will take two years.

The stadium is now said to cost $220 million to construct. The group is also spending $25 million on a training facility, $28 million on land for the stadium, and another $25 million franchise fee to MLS.

Possible sites for the training facility include Doral, West Kendall, Barry University and FIU North campus, according to the Herald.

County concessions include Dade covering hundreds of thousands in doc taxes, and $600,000 in cleanup costs. In addition, the county will wait 17 months for the first $5 million payment (with a $1.3 million deposit), and is lending Beckham the remaining $4 million for four years at a 5 percent interest rate.

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Excited for what the stadium can do for the area

suomynona
4 years ago

Given proximity to mass transit and downtown, it should do more for the neighborhood than the Marlins are.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Any word on where training facility and team headquarters will be?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Here’s to hoping Mr. Beckham can get this project of the ground in a promptly manner. The run-around that the city has given him has been almost borderline insulting, even with private funding.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Wait, what? You mean when he practically demanded prime water-front land for his stadium?

Anonymous
4 years ago

As if AAA got any special favors…

Anonymous
4 years ago

He should have got it. Museum park is shell of what it should be and severely underutilized.

Anonymous
4 years ago

And so because you, personally, feel a certain way, are we to surmise that it should have gone down like that? Some folks are just beyond the pale.

Anonymous
4 years ago

“He should have got it. Museum park is shell of what it should be and severely underutilized.”

You’re right, a complete waste of space.

Small site between 2 neighborhoods
4 years ago

Marlins have trouble attracting 1,000 paying ticket buyers to games. Still huge opposition to Beckham’s handlers proposed site. No parking? No done deal, yet.

Anonymous
4 years ago

should have had him put it on parcel b …behind aaa….obvious the PROMISED park wont materialize thanks to useless spineless leaders so why should heat use it for valet?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Wow…Museum park and Bayfront park are almost connected to each other and you think that area is in dire need of another park?

Get real.

Anonymous
4 years ago

its what was legally formatted when the aaa was voted on by the people who live and work in Miami…that parcel ..weather you agree or not is public property and was to be delivered as a park…not an area for the arena to use as they see fit…the argument has nothing to do with how this reader feels …these are facts

Anonymous
4 years ago

The problem with people in Miami is that most of time they just vote for something because they are told that the benign matters. That is why Miami has woefully underutilized parks in places that are illogical and flat out pointless to be in.

Put tables and chairs along with bars and restaurants outside in that area so that people can enjoy the scenery as they dine and listen to music while getting ready to go see a heat game. That will make more sense than just another unused space with grass on it so that some people who won’t go there anyway can feel good about the fact that they voted for it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

you are absolutely correct….

Anonymous
4 years ago

who will go to these games

3MTA3
4 years ago

Soccer fans, methinks

marc
4 years ago

I will.

Anonymous
4 years ago

more people than those who go Marlins game for a start

Marc305
4 years ago

Buying 3 season tickets in the shade as soon as they go on sale.