Beckham Says Overtown Is ‘Preferred Alternative Site’ For Soccer Stadium

David Beckham and his partners are trying to keep Overtown as an option for a soccer stadium, the Herald is reporting.

Either way, the Overtown property is likely to see development.

The Overtown site was originally planned to be location for Inter Miami’s home stadium, with a march along the Miami River from downtown to Miami before home games.

The team has been controversially negotiating to build a stadium and mixed-use project on a public golf course next to Miami International Airport.

In a letter sent to Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine Cava on June 18, an attorney for the team callled the Overtown property the team’s “preferred alternative site.”

The Beckham partnership had a June 18 deadline to obtain a construction permit to build a stadium, and is now requesting an extension as is permitted under the deal.

The Overtown property could still be developed even if Beckham wins approval to build next to MIA.

Beckham’s lawyer is asking the county to discuss “alternative economic development purposes for the property” if it isn’t needed for a stadium.

A portion of Beckham’s Overtown property was purchased in a deal from the county on the condition it be developed as a soccer stadium and would require approval for other uses.

In the interim, the land could be temporarily converted into a playing field, the letter said.

 

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Anonymous
5 months ago

I could imagine bar hopping from Brickell to the stadium at the Overtown location. No way I’m going to the airport to watch a soccer game.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Or just bar hopping from Miami Worldcenter, which will be fully occupied and trendy by the time this is finished😋

Anonymous
5 months ago

you are not a true soccer fan

Anonymous
5 months ago

Whoever said I was? One of the fun things about pro sports is alcohol. If MLS only relies on true soccer fans they would go bankrupt. All pro sports rely on casual fans to pad their wallets.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I said you are not a true soccer fan because you are not willing to go a couple of extra miles to watch a game like a true soccer fan would do.that has nothing to do with what the MLS does to make a profit

Anonymous
5 months ago

I would never walk a couple of miles for anything.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Congrats

Anonymous
5 months ago

For me it’s watching the sexy players

Anonymous
5 months ago

Same. Happy Pride!

Market Urbanist
5 months ago

Degenerate

Anonymous
5 months ago

The difference between soccer and women’s gymnastics is that the gymnasts don’t cry when they take a fall.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Says the guy who thought going to the mall after 9-11 was ‘courageous’.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Pre Party at the Wharf and march to the match!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Way too many skinny jean’s and fake Guccis at the Wharf.

Anonymous
5 months ago

The wharf will be closed before this stadium is built.

Anonymous
5 months ago

That’d be so dope!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yeah im sure you do lol.

Anonymous
5 months ago

You will have a LOT of hopping to do pal. This is not Bourbon or Duval.

Grady Muhammad
5 months ago

You think.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Keep imagining. Overtown doesn’t want a stadium.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Did Overtown tell you that? Did she call you or something? lol. They own the land in Overtown and want it there, other land and property owners in Overtown want it too. Who doesn’t want it are maybe tenants in Overtown and they don’t count because it’s not theirs to claim unless they own it. Simple.

ask don't assume
5 months ago

Did Overtown tell you that? Did she call you or something? lol

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yeah….the Miami River Greenway March to the Match would be enough to make me a soccer fan.
Has wokeness infiltrated soccer, or have they fended it off?

Market Urbanist
5 months ago

From what I can tell, it has avoided the worst of it for the most part. Except for women’s soccer, but nobody cares about that.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Hahahahahahah

Is anybody else exhausted with this saga? Build it in Overtown or nobody will ever attend.

Anonymous
5 months ago

You need to get out of your Walmart Paradise a bit more often.

Anonymous
5 months ago

This area makes the most sense with the brightline 4 blocks away. Metro mover is 5 blocks away. Culmer Metrorail station 3 blocks away and Lyric theatre station 5 blocks down. Not to mention all the development coming to Overtown. There will be plenty of hotels, Airbnb, residential and commercial buildings within walking distances.

Anonymous
5 months ago

This is a perfect location. Next to metrorail station. We will ride the train like really football fans in europe and South America

Anonymous
5 months ago

Will you be hooligans, too?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Why not? Miami need some action.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Not for nothing but the airport location has Greyhound, Megabus, Metrorail, Trirail, car rental center and airport.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Get head out of ass! You will be mugged every 10 feet!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Lol…I know. People just dont want think of those things. Until it starts to happen, then attendance will drop. Bobby Maduro comes to mind.

Grady Muhammad
5 months ago

Believe that. I’m a Towner 4 Life. I wouldn’t walk from the station to the game. You are asking people to get ROBBED. Period

Anonymous
5 months ago

I wonder how many muggings would take place as people walk to those transit stations? A lot can happen late night, on poorly lit streets in this area.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I walk there every day, have walked there for years and no one ever mugged me, despite being a petite girly girl. Plus, that area has changed a lot and will be even safer as Miami Worldcenter gets more people in.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Such bullshit

Anonymous
5 months ago

Have you ever been in a soccer game before?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Can we please built the stadium here and get going, this makes so much more sense.

Anonymous
5 months ago

It doesn’t there is a bridge blocks away that already causes traffic jams

Anonymous
5 months ago

Ride the train to avoid traffic jam.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Not to Overtown residents..

Anonymous
5 months ago

Us Overtown residents want this!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yes! makes way more sense!

Azarius
5 months ago

Only thing is Traffic with the bridge right there. But this location will inspire more development in Overtown, West of 95, which will make downtown even more beautiful. Plus it’ll inspire development on the river right there as well. Jus hope they build low income, affordable, work force housing because it’s going to be needed.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Affordable housing should be built in Hialeah. They can easily get to downtown from there.

Anonymous
5 months ago

But shouldn’t we have some affordable housing dispersed throughout the entire county?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Putting them all close together would only create yet another crappy neighborhood. Spread the crap around.

NYC Loves Miami
5 months ago

I don’t even know what affordable means these days. Can someone elaborate? One Bedroom: $1000 a month, or $1200, $1500, $1800, $2500? Prices going crazy in Miami!!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Affordable means cheaper than market rate for that neighborhood. So if a market rate apartment is, let’s say $2000 a month, affordable will be around $1000. Now $1000 can still be unaffordable for some so they could look for an apartment where market rates are lower as the affordable rates would be affordable to them.

NYC Loves Miami
5 months ago

Thank you!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Excellent question.
Easy answer.
It’s crystal clear.
The politicians and bureaucrats define “Affordable” as:
“Affordable means that monthly rents or monthly mortgage payments including taxes and insurance do not exceed 30 percent of that amount which represents the percentage of the median annual gross income for the households as indicated in subsection (4), subsection (5), subsection (6), or subsection (9). However, it is not the intent to limit an individual household’s ability to devote more than 30 percent of its income for housing, and housing for which a household devotes more than 30 percent of its income shall be deemed affordable if the first institutional mortgage lender is satisfied that the household can afford mortgage payments in excess of the 30 percent benchmark.” (SOURCE: Municode for Miami-Dade.)

So, if you and your wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend each make $45,000 per year, you can “afford” to pay $2,250 per month in housing expense.

I had an investment condo in Brickell for rent at $1,900 per month. 2 swimming pools, gym, water view, security, parking, kids play room, 2 blocks from Metromover, etc. etc. etc.

$45,000 per year equates to making $22.50 per hour for 40 hours a week with 2 weeks off.

If you make half of that, maybe Brickell isn’t the best neighborhood for you, but there are plenty of other great options in other neighborhoods, and if that isn’t suitable, go to Miami Dade College where they are practically giving away training for certificates that will pay WELL above the $22.50 hour number.

NYC Loves Miami
5 months ago

Thank you! I feel like a good number of people living in these neighborhoods start out paying 30 percent on rent. Then the rent hikes up to a point where it’s no longer affordable. I guess higher earners move in, thus increasing the affordability threshold. That makes total sense what your saying though.

Azarius
5 months ago

Only if u have someone. Try that being Single like most of here.

Grady Muhammad
5 months ago

Black American people don’t speak Spanish

Anonymous
5 months ago

Blanish? Only in Miami.

Anonymous
5 months ago

And you don’t have a brain, be a bigot somewhere else.

Anonymous
5 months ago

My friends do.

Anonymous
5 months ago

that would absolutely not happen, rents will skyrocket and there’s lots of evidence of this in other cities like LA.

Anonymous
5 months ago

You mean it will “inspire development” like the development around Marlins Stadium, or inspire all that development that boomed when Joe Robbie Stadium was build in “Northwest Miami-Dade” county.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yes. It should be in Overtown at original sight. One rich guy’s lawsuit held that up. (he lost that case by the way) With nearby Brightline train station and thousands of new downtown residents, it is logical that this stadium be at this site. Being next to a very busy airport with a high amount of traffic at all times makes no sense at all.

Anonymous
5 months ago

There is alot of traffic in this area due to a bridge and alot of one way straights. The street that runs next to kikis on the river is already packed and only has two lands.

Anonymous
5 months ago

If Spring Garden doesn’t want it, tell them to put a gate on the bridge into their community, they’re just a bunch of NIMBYS opposed to everything. Can someone remind them the world changes constantly and this is a democracy? We all get a say. Just because they shout loudly doesn’t make their voice worth more.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I vote for a hog rendering plant behind your trailer park !

Anonymous
5 months ago

That’s right. Down with adults and if you don’t like it just move to Kendall!

Anonymous
5 months ago

I agree, but still expect people to piss and moan like they did when Morningside did.

Anonymous
5 months ago

The ORIGINAL site was planned next to Marlins Stadium but that got cancelled when one landowner held out for some big bucks (after Beckham and company was buying up property around the stadium).

Anonymous
5 months ago

Even before that we had the Port of Miami proposal and the slip next to Museum Park

Anonymous
5 months ago

those were bad options. No more museums or stadiums or anything in public parks. Public parks are not for land grabs.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Bayfront with AAA would have been fantastic.

Anonymous
5 months ago

YES!!! Imagine this stadium in Overtown and the FTX Arena by the water, with Miami Worldcenter in between! It would be great. We do the metromover to wherever this stadium will be so Overtown would be the location that makes the most sense. Plus Beckham might want it closer to home and he has a condo in Park West at OneThousand Museum.

Anonymous
5 months ago

If it’s built south of the airport, they could “do” the Metrorail south, through central Miami, and connect at Douglas Road. You don’t need any Metromover extension here, in proximity to Culmer Station.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Way too cumbersome to do all those imaginings.
Come to reality and stop dreaming

Anonymous
5 months ago

If they develop two stadiums expect the Olympics to be in Miami one day

Anonymous
5 months ago

With the futbol stadium NEXT to Marlins stadium, you know, where all the empty parking garages are sitting.

Grady Muhammad
5 months ago

Right right right.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yeah, where they promised a stadium would “inspire development”.

Anonymous
5 months ago

By that time, this will go the way of Orange Bowl and the Miami Arena.

POLO
5 months ago

Yes! Overtown is the perfect location for the stadium. It’s a rapidly changing neighborhood with Miami World Center, downtown, Brickell, midtown, and mass transit nearby.

Anonymous
5 months ago

GENTRIFICATION

Anonymous
5 months ago

lmao against with that gentrification BS? Get a job already.

Anonymous
5 months ago

What word is opposite of gentrification?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Crime.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Urban decay (two words)

Anonymous
5 months ago

Neighborhood.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Desolation

Anonymous
5 months ago

Decline

Anonymous
5 months ago

Ghettization

Anonymous
5 months ago

Midtown Walmart.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Neglect

Anonymous
5 months ago

Blight.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Introducing a serious soccer program in overtown would be a huge win for the community and help discover talent in making the world’s game more accessible with proper training and guidance.

Anonymous
5 months ago

We could use some soccer fields in downtown Miami. The city should make him turn it into a park / field.

Anonymous
5 months ago

How about underneath the signature bridge?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yes, please Overtown. This is the way to maximize attendance and buzz. The airport is so much less appealing to the masses – naysayers can say what you want, but look at the other 1/2 full stadiums that aren’t near downtown – Marlins and Dolphins stadiums would have exponentially more people if they were in a more densely populated location where people wanted to go before and after a game. Becks – do this for us!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Buddy… marlins is a 1/2 mile away from the overtown site.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Do people not get that all these stadiums are a huge waste of money, they are occupied 15% of the year.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Exactly, why bother with *another* stadium so close to the city when the space could be used for apartments, schools, parks, retail, businesses, high rises, etc.?

Anonymous
5 months ago

As if we lack empty space in Miami. Find a close by parking lot and build your school, business, etc. Don’t tell people what to do with their money, make your own money and build your own dream facility.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Exactly. I think inter must play in hard rock stadium.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Should definitely be located in Overtown. Next to the airport is a ridiculous idea!

Anonymous
5 months ago

But a public golf course next to the airport wasn’t a ridiculous idea?

Anonymous
5 months ago

the overtown option is good and I think it would be built quicker but jorge mas wants to make a lot of money building an entertainment complex and he wants to use the stadium as an anchor so I think it will be built at melreese park.

Anonymous
5 months ago

This stadium should have been built downtown/Park West/ Museum Park, Watson Island or the port. Easy access after work, from Brickell, MWC, Edgewater, Wynwood. And would have provided spectacular views of the city to entice more tourists to come see our beautiful city.

Anonymous
5 months ago

let them build the stadium already, give Beckham a break.

Anonymous
5 months ago

“give multimillionaire a break”

Anonymous
5 months ago

Why do we keep beating the same drum?
It’s been a decade already and no stadium.
Just build something.
Anywhere.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Go with the plans to build a soccer stadium at the Melreese golf course site and move ULTRA there. That way, you’re killing two birds with one stone. That’ll take this public golf course off the taxpayers back and keep a noise nuisance (amongst other things) from the ULTRA gathering that the condo dwellers downtown continuously complain about in a new environment where they can play music as loud as they want.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Nah. Don’t live in downtown if you can’t handle noise for 3 days.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Let’s have a motorcycle convention right across the street in front of your house for three days and see how you like that?

Anonymous
5 months ago

ULTRA 2022!!!!!! BACK TO BAYFRONT!!!!!

ex-Londoner resident in 33132
5 months ago

Yes almost 8 years now. YAWN. I remember standing next to David at the very first press conference announcing it, February 2014 at the PAMM.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Is that you Posh Spice?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Preferred alternative? I thought ever other alternative, which were better locations, got poo-poo’d.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Honestly this makes more sense… the other location is already packed with traffic.

Anonymous
5 months ago

The Port location was so cool. That is really where it should go.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Right next to the projects 😂

Miami Papi
5 months ago

As a Miami native I find this “March to the stadium” idea ridiculous. Will there be a few die-hard fans that will do the march… sure, but let’s be real here. If you step outside today it’s about 1k degrees outside with high humidity and about a 90% chance of rain. As we all know this is a car centric city and everyone wants to “Look their best”. I say the Melresse location would be a better option due to parking and transportation options for the “Vanity Bunch” to not get all sweaty even before the match starts.

I do believe the comment about “Overtown being the preferred site” is a negotiation tactic.
As for the club itself, the fact we are being investigated for tampering / payroll and we keep losing matches does not help the cause.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Ha! Negotiation tactic for what? Overtown is the better location by far!

Shawn Kouri
5 months ago

It’s better since it’s not as close to the airport. We are missing out on the hotel and the office buildings, plus tech hub and retail plaza, plus the green space though.

Save Melreese Park
5 months ago

Save Melreese Park! Killing 100 acres of a public park is criminal. Killing the only golf course in Miami – the Melreese Public Golf Course – is criminal. Overtown looks better…

cause some people will drive
5 months ago

where is the parking?

Anonymous
5 months ago

They will just demolish a bunch of the old buildings—meaning Overtown—around it, the same way the PAC did.

Save Melreese Park
4 months ago

Killing Melreese Park and Miami’s only golf course was an obvious scam. MIA and M-D leaders should have stopped that idea years ago. But they are cowards. Any site is better that demolishing Melreese Park.

CEC
5 months ago

This site should be the “preferred” site, not the ‘”preferred alternate”. I am not a soccer nut, but if the stadium were close, I would probably attend some games. If the stadium is near the airport, I for one, will never go to a game there. I like to watch the dauphins, but for the same reason I have never been to a game at “boondocks stadium” and I never will.

Grady Muhammad
5 months ago

Good. Miami Gardens don’t need you. Doing very well 2

Lol Man
5 months ago

Get a load of this guy. Boondocks stadium? What team do you root for? The Brickell Condo Association?