Beckham Looks At Overtown As A Possible Stadium Site

David Beckham has recently been scouting property in Overtown as a potential location for his soccer stadium.

A well-placed source told TNM that Beckham’s group has been looking at property west of the All Aboard Florida tracks. The area is said to be between 11th and 13th Street, and between NW 1st Avenue and NW 2nd Avenue. The source cautioned that he wasn’t certain of Beckham’s plan.

If Beckham wants to build in that area, it would require the demolition of a number of apartment buildings, and would likely require street closures.

Beckham has previously stated his desire to place a stadium in Miami’s urban core. In Overtown, a stadium would be located near transit and in close proximity to several major projects, including Miami Worldcenter and All Aboard Florida’s terminal.

In addition to Overtown, Beckham’s group is also said to be scouting other locations in Dade County.

 

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AJ
6 years ago

This would be the ideal location, great views of the city and it could possibly begin gentrifying the area. Imagine that view of the stadium as you drive by on 395 and I95! The Beckham group could buy up the property at a discounted price compared to the waterfront and would have space to expand/build out their academy. I hope this is the final site!

Gary
6 years ago

Me too. That would be just awesome!! It will help to trigger other much needed real estate development in Overtown.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Yea just like it trigger redevelopment in little havana with the marlins stadium.

Come on people when will you realize that new stadiums do not gentrify areas.

Obviously
6 years ago

You are absolutely correct. A recently released report revealed the sad shape the retail portion of the Marlins Stadium is in. That’s tax payer money wasted. If Beckham wants to do something beneficial for the citizens of Miami, he can do everyone a favor by accepting the deal to place his soccer stadium next to the Marlins Stadium and hopefully that may give a shot in the arm to all of that empty retail space in that baseball stadium.

AJ
6 years ago

I disagree, you can’t compare gentrification in the Little Havana location with this one. If you look at Miami World Center and Miami Central, downtown development is moving west. Eventually, you will see all of these lots filling in closer and closer to I95 (including this particular area). Little Havana is not walkable from downtown, this will be in proximity to the mega projects. In addition, Beckham’s team has made it clear it’s more than just a stadium that will be developed, it will be an academy, retail/hotels/offices around the stadium. This is much larger than you think.

Anonymous
6 years ago

There’s a saying we have in Texas. Fool me once…shame on…shame on you…fool me twice…well, you can’t be fooled again.

If one stadium did nothing, why would a second stadium help? Overtown already has a lot going for it, and this can further spur development and activity.

dgm
6 years ago

I think W 2nd Ave could actually be thoroughly redeveloped. The Simkins brothers own around 8 acres of empty lots to the south of the site and plan to develop them. Further south is the site of Lyric Plaza, a midrise affordable housing development that has been approved. A block further is the proposed Overtown Gateway. Then a little further south is that funky Krystal tower proposal and then you’re basically to Government center. There’s obviously Miami World Center and AAF to the East. But the area to the south of this proposed stadium site is primed for development.

Marc305
6 years ago

How close is the nearest Metro station?

marc
6 years ago

Overtown/Lyric

marc
6 years ago

You know community activists will be against this.

WhyNotNow
6 years ago

I don’t know if I’d want to open up this hornet’s nest. They will be accused of stealing and destroying the neighborhood.

anonymous
6 years ago

Pretty clear that Beckham and group are in this for the real estate investment and not the team.

Fredric
6 years ago

Or they could be in it for both. Sure they want a solid real estate investment, who doesn’t?

But they also want the stadium in a dynamic area where it has the best chance of attracting the most fans. As for gentrification, that process is inevitable in the area with or without a soccer stadium.

The Dude
6 years ago

Beckham still has to pay MLS for the franchise. Even though it’s a discounted rate, it’s still tens of millions. Kind of hard to accuse him of doing this only for the real estate. The stadium alone, which they’ve stated they will fund, will be $100 million. I’d say that’s on the low side. If the team went belly up, probably not a lot of buyers for that kind of thing.

WhyNotNow
6 years ago

It’s only 8 acres? Will that work?

The Dude
6 years ago

I’ve seen MLS stadiums built on 5 acres. But you also need parking of course. Marlins Park has that in place. Doesn’t seem like Overtown does.

No Billboards
6 years ago

Please no street closures. And definitely, no illegal ugly billboards. Overtown is ugly enough.

Dave
6 years ago

I’m sure the people who live in the buildings there would be thrilled to know they would get evicted for a soccer stadium.

Anonymous
5 years ago

There isn;t anything on this site that is worth keeping…demolished it and build the stadium there.