Can Beckham Build Stadium Without Water And Sewer Land?

If David Beckham can’t work a deal with Dade County to buy land used by the Water and Sewer Department, would he still build his soccer stadium?

A spokesman for Beckham’s group told TNM that it is “too early to speculate” on what they would do in such a case.

Beckham and his partners are in contract to buy a privately owned 4.2 acre property at 650 Northwest Eighth Street. Across Northwest Seventh Street, they are in contract to buy a 1.37 acre lot, and are in talks to buy a 2.79 acre county-owned lot used by the Water and Sewer Department.

In addition to county approval to sell the land, Beckham would require city approval to close Northwest Seventh Street.

Most new MLS stadiums have fields that are 70-75 yards wide, with concourses that are 10 yards. Beckham’s site at 650 Northwest Eighth Street is just 100 yards wide, meaning a tight squeeze even if the stands were left out on one side.