Beckham’s Controversial Stadium Deal Gets Final Approval From Miami Commissioners

Miami Commissioners voted last week to finalize approval for a controversial lease deal that will allow David Beckham and his partners to develop a stadium and mixed-use project, according to the Herald.

The project will include a stadium with between 25,000 and 40,000 seats (the developers have agreed to talks with the University of Miami to potentially host football games, which could lead to the larger size.)

There will also be retail space, office space, hotel rooms, parking garages, and a park.

Commissioners will still need to approve the zoning changes and architectural plans.

The no-bid deal was controversial because it involves paving over one of the rare green spaces in the city, the Melreese golf course.

The project site also sits directly in front of Miami International Airport and is likely to adversely affect the facility.

City of Miami voters approved moving forward with the proposal in a 2018 referendum by a 60-40 margin, with 61,753 votes in favor versus 40,886 against (Miami has a population of just under 500,000).

As part of the deal, Beckham’s development group will provide $25 million in funding towards Miami’s riverwalk and baywalk.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
22 days ago

This isn’t perfect, but most Can agree that it will be a better use of the space than a golf course.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Not if it adversely affects the airport. Plus, anyone who believes this won’t become another white elephant is dreaming.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Please.. this is one less piece of bullshit I’ll have to pay taxes for.

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

How will this affect the Airport? It isn’t in the flight paths

Anonymous
22 days ago

Yes, it’s in the flight path of runway 9/27, 8R/26L, 8L/26R. A flight path it’s not just a line. It extends more than a mile from the center line. I hope they build the stadium three quarters below grade, just like they did in Los Angeles as to NOT interfere with the flight path.

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

1. Building the stadium like SoFi would cost the city a but ton more of money, and wouldn’t be possible due to a high water table (it would also not be justified with the capacity of the stadium).
2. The existing golf course poses the same level of threat than a stadium would, and there are tall buildings all around the property that are taller than the stadium (the Sheraton, highway ramps, the terminal, etc.)
3. I have been to the area myself and planes are almost 500 ft.+ in the sky by the time they pass by the golf course.

don shula
22 days ago

much prefer this to the members only contaminated golf country club currently in place

Anonymous
22 days ago

It isn’t members only. That’s propaganda. It’s a municipal golf course open to anybody.

William
22 days ago

Yes. Better than just a land fill cap golfcourse. I hope hey can bury a large section of that canal in a big pipe, so that pedestrians don’t necessarily have to cross it overhead. Similar to allot of the buried canals all over miami.

Adrian Diaz
22 days ago

Expand the metrorail down douglass road! Expand the mia mover to the beach!

chattanooga choo choo
22 days ago

great ideas but the city council and dont have the “cessos” to figure out how to fund and build mass transit

Choo Choo
22 days ago

I mean expanding transit down Douglass or to the beach falls on the county not the city

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

Douglass is in Miami, and it is also in Coral Gables. And if you thought Miami was bad, then Coral Gables is hell.

Market Urbanist
22 days ago

Metrorail along the Douglas corridor is one of the most underrated proposals from the original expansion plans.

Adrian Diaz
22 days ago

Metro along 27th ave would make sense too! Like you can’t go wrong lol.

ParkingHater
22 days ago

Funny, Carollo was complaining about transit earlier the same day when getting rid of the parking waivers.

Miami, what a place

Anonymous
22 days ago

Agree with the first point 1,000%, but MIA Mover, or even Metromover to the beach? LOL…

Anonymous
22 days ago

That’s why this city is so disjointed now, because too many doubting and vision-less people like you live here.

wanderer34
22 days ago

Isn’t Metrorail supposed to be the responsibility of Miami-Dade rather than the city of Miami?

Miami guy
22 days ago

Move the UM football team to this stadium!

wanderer34
22 days ago

It’s a poor location for such a facility with 60K+ fans. College football is that big of a deal as pro football and Miami Gardens is a perfect site for that capacity. The site, while it’s not in the perfect location, at least is within the city of Miami.

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

???? Miami gardens in NOT in Miami proper. It is almost 20 min. away from it. It is also inconvenient for UM students who have to drive for 40 minutes from the main campus to see the games. However, you are right that the capacity is too small.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Um, the soccer stadium hasn’t been built yet.

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

And? they already planned the capacity at 25,000

Anonymous
22 days ago

^
Um, the article said:

“The project will include a stadium with between 25,000 and 40,000 seats (the developers have agreed to talks with the University of Miami to potentially host football games, which could lead to the larger size.)”

Pickles
21 days ago

No they should have never torn down the Orange Bowl to begin with.

Neil Rogers
21 days ago

A soccer field is way bigger than a football field. Its the same problem Joe Robbie had.

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

So it’s settled.
(Wish the stadium was bigger)

Anonymous
22 days ago

No it’s not. The county can still prevent it or at least put up obstacles. If the FAA doesn’t approve, then it could still be built but would be impossible for it to get insured.

Anonymous
22 days ago

“So it’s settled.”
(Wish the stadium was bigger)

One hurdle at a time.

don shula
22 days ago

billy cohen spontaneously combusted

Anonymous
22 days ago

ULTRA is gonna look and be fantastic there!

Evan
22 days ago

Curious if ULTRA would actually be a fit here. All the lights and fireworks might not be approved by FAA and the loud planes might be a problem for the festival.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Then Evan, how come the loud planes aren’t an issue or problem for golfers?

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

🤞

Anonymous
22 days ago

Football is the most popular sport in the world. It is not yet in the USA, but it will be and the state with the most potential is Florida, which is home to a large Latino community, passionate about football. Miami Inter, for lack of a stadium, has to play in Fort Lauderdale.
This stadium would be a great acquisition for the city, as Formula 1 is being. Melreese is a medium quality golf course and this change will be highly advantageous for the city’s tourism, generating jobs, business, income and taxes.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Soccer*

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

we don’t need a correction, muchacho

Anonymous
22 days ago

Been saying that for years

Soccer Ballz
22 days ago

Soccer is boring AS F and will never be more popular than the NFL.

Anonymous
22 days ago

you can sugma ballz

tampa tony
22 days ago

Florida is mostly Cubans and PR, and neither culture is known for being soccer fans.

wanderer34
22 days ago

You also have a lot of South and Central Americans that are crazy about soccer. Venezuela may be the only outlier, as their main sport is baseball, but even Venezuela has their own national team, the Vinotinto.

Not Anonymous
22 days ago

Even without people from Cuba and Puerto Rico we would still have a very big Latino population.

ex-Londoner in 33132.
21 days ago

Thousands of Brits and Europeans resident in Miami…all avid soccer fans.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Los Angeles is home to a large Latino community who go apesh*t over the Lakers. Anything to make noise about. The day soccer is ever the most popular sport in the USA is when the country ceases to exist, in which case the most popular sport will be something that doesn’t involve balls.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Ok, Tucker Carlson.

Anonymous
21 days ago

He’s probably talking about – Skeet Shooting.

Ciparoo
22 days ago

Surprised no comments in here about how the owners have the land in Overtown to build the stadium…

Anonymous
22 days ago

Should’ve been in Overtown

Anonymous
22 days ago

You can cut it out with the pouting and tears now.

jjj
22 days ago

Stop calling it a “greenspace” it’s a damn gold course. Calling it a greenspace does not magically make it a park.

chattanooga choo choo
22 days ago

checkin all the city commissioners bank accounts for the last year and the year going forward………..

Casey
22 days ago

We got ripped off monetarily. Wow.

ParkingHater
22 days ago

“Proposed mass transit connector”

:/

ParkingHater
22 days ago

If anyone is curious. Looks like the walk from MIC will be about .4 miles or about 10 minutes.

david beckam
22 days ago

GGGGGGGOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL

Zz01
22 days ago

Possibly hosting UM Football games?? 👀

eymay
22 days ago

Commissioners should include the ability to build Metrorail through this property for a future expansion down 37th avenue since the current station isn’t aligned with the avenue. But of course these people in charge are so near-sighted it’s ridiculous.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Palm trees would go nice there.

Ofern69
21 days ago

So they’re building the stadium and removing our park? I can’t believe this?? I voted no!!! Our kids deserve the park and water park.

Beckham miami stadium
21 days ago

great idea . It’s the best thing that can happen because Miami deserves to have a competitive team with a vision like its owner, Mr. Beckham. since dolphins are useless and marlins do not exist

Anonymous
19 days ago

Too naked. Not enough trees. 👎

Melo is sigma and chad
22 days ago

Finally the airport station will gain passengers after this.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Seems pretty busy anytime I take it

ParkingHater
22 days ago

Avg weekday ridership is 1k. Still pretty bad compared to pre-COVID 1.7

Anonymous
22 days ago

Awesome!!! This is a great addition to our city.
What I’m worry about is what’ll if the city officials will truly use the 25 mill for the baywalk!!!

Anonymous
22 days ago

Of course they won’t. They aren’t doing anything on Virginia Key either. This is the city that can’t turn on the fountain at Bayfront Park and can’t plant trees at Museum Park.

Anonymous
22 days ago

What a piece of garbage both for Beckham and the city of Miami lol

Anonymous
22 days ago

Yeah, we should’ve kept the golf course that’s next to an airport…

bahhhh hahahahaha… bahhhh hahahahaha… hahhhh hahahahaha… bahhhhh hahahaha….

Downtown Blue Voter
22 days ago

The Saudis, sorry I meant the Mas Brothers should provide the funds to expand the Metrorail all way down to US-1

Conch Fritter
22 days ago

always the someone whos personality is being a leftist wanting someone to pay for something.

Blue Ballz
22 days ago

And you should buy me lunch. I want someone else to buy my meals for me.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Excuse Conch Fritter.. he’s just another rightie who doesn’t mind giving unlimited tax payer money to an entity like Black Water.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Black Water? Wow, you really are digging deep in desperation.

Anonymous
22 days ago

^
Yeah, that’s because you righties have been doing that shit for a long long time and pointing your finger at the left to through people off.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Sorry, I meant “throw”

Anonymous
22 days ago

Maybe your beloved Joey-boy can beg them to after they told him to go f**k himself over oil.

Anonymous
22 days ago

^
To bad your beloved Donnie-boy ran out of people to beg so they could do more shisty-shit for him to stay in office.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Recall Ken Russell!

Anonymous
22 days ago

He’s the worst. At last Loco Joe gets stuff done he wants and doesn’t destroy everything he touches.

Melo is sigma and chad
22 days ago

Olympics will be coming to Miami within a decade now.

Anonymous
22 days ago

How is that? Olympic host cities are awarded more than a decade in advance. The next available would be 2036.

Melo is sigma and chad
22 days ago

only add two decades nit picky CEO

Anonymous
22 days ago

Ehh. Still seems unlikely given that LA is hosting in 2028 and the games are not likely to return to the US so soon.

wanderer34
22 days ago

If LA drops the ball on the 2028 Olympics, the next best location would be Miami, IMHO. LA is too spread out for my taste.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Pan Am first.