Dade Mayor: Beckham Looking To Build Stadium On Private Land In City Of Miami

In an interview Tuesday, Mayor Carlos Gimenez spoke about what he last heard about Beckham’s soccer stadium:

  • It will be in the city of Miami
  • At least partially on private land
  • Working with the University of Miami

 

Q. Have you heard anything lately from David Beckham and his group about the MLS stadium, and where they would like to build it?
A. “I saw some renderings but they have got to work with the University of Miami and probably the city of Miami on it. It has been a month and a half since our meeting … the renderings were at a specific site. Some of it was private. (He declined to disclosed where.)
“They haven’t reached out since that meeting. They may be meeting with the city of Miami. The last time I spoke to them Marcelo Claure was talking about his company not his stadium. He’s the CEO of Sprint.”

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Should buy school board property

WhyNotNow
5 years ago

Mana Wynwood, this location is such a no brainer I can’t believe it hasn’t been stated before. Plenty of room. Wynwood, so the hooligans have someplace to party after the game, View from i95 and metro mover would require just a 9 block extension.

no brainer
5 years ago

mana wynwood is not a “no brainer” – you’re a “no brainer” – the stadium can’t go on land that has value of hundreds of millions of dollars. why don’t you ask the land owner if it’s a no brainer? i imagine his vision is much different from yours.

WhyNotNow
5 years ago

Relax. Smoke a doobie. Btw, the owner is open to the idea, especially as a partnership.

Kesley
5 years ago

At one point I believe they were discussing the NW corner of NW 11 St & NW 1 Ave on the boundary of Overtown, across from the Greyhound facility, future site of the “Innovation” district, adjacent to future Miami World Center site and MiamiCentral station.
I think this would be the perfect location given all the current and future development in the site, plus a possible tipping point in getting developers from proposals to ground breaking. The land is mostly empty, but there is the caveat that there are a few apartments there which would need to be demolished and current residents which would need to be fairly compensated for their relocation.

suomynona
5 years ago

Completely agree. That is BY FAR the best location.

1. Downtown views.
2. Proximity to major highways.
3. Proximity to restaurants/bars and retail.
4. Proximity to downtown office and residential towers (the people most likely to go to matches and purchase corporate suites).

That Overtown site is literally across the tracks from the Innovation District and mere blocks from Miami WorldCenter and All Aboard Florida. They wouldn’t even have to spend money on the Metro Mover/Rail because the 11th St Metro Mover station is just 3 blocks away. Culmer Metro Rail station is 6 blocks away. Overtown/Arena Metro Rail station is just 3 blocks away.

And truthfully, it looks like a soccer stadium would be a tight squeeze into that property west of the Marlins’ stadium, especially if they’re going to try and make it a 40,000-seat stadium to accommodate UM. That’s more seats than in Marlins stadium but in a substantially smaller space.

Danny Costa
5 years ago

Great point

Marc305
5 years ago

@suomynona – Best argument I have heard yet. The question is how much of that land is City owned and how much money would Beck’s need to come up with to buy the extra private land? I can tell you this, I am a soccer fan and I would definitely get season tickets if I could go to the game using hard rail. There is no way I am going to a single game if they build this by the Marlins Stadium. I hate the area and being packed with people in a Metromover-cart the size of a New York City studio going 10 miles per hour does not appeal to me in the least. In order for this Stadium to succeed they have to build it in a place that it is easily accessible. Other wise we will have no fans at the game just like the Marlins.

Anonymous
5 years ago

“I hate the area and being packed with people in a Metromover-cart the size of a New York City studio going 10 miles per hour does not appeal to me in the least.”

Says the person who has a business in and lives in Brickell and doesn’t “flinch an inch” right now about jumping on that “free” cart size Metromover train going just “10 miles per hour” because it’s sooo “appealing” to him.

Andrew
5 years ago

Surprise no one has mentioned the Genting site yet.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Nah, the Marlins stadium area is the ideal site. The retail in the parking portion of the Marlins stadium needs all the help it can get.

Anonymous
5 years ago

the only people I keep hearing saying they want it next to marlins stadium are special interests groups. no one wants to go there. keep it around the biscayne corridor. overtown/wynwood area would be best. anything in little havana is 20 years premature. it’s sad we can build museums and fake parks along the water hardly anyone is using and will need public funds in the future to prop up but we cant have a soccer stadium. bayside should be demolished and that’s where the stadium should go.

Anonymous
5 years ago

“the only people I keep hearing saying they want it next to marlins stadium are special interests groups.”

And you know this, how?

People like you are not getting the big picture here. They can “kill three birds with one stone” with the Marlins stadium location. You get an extension of the metromover going west. You get a new stadium to play soccer in. And you get a new stadium for the University of Miami football team to play in.

This is a win win for everybody.

Gables
5 years ago

Actually you get four birds with one stone. In addition to the three you mentioned, you also get the parking garages constructed for Marlins Park.

marc
5 years ago

Partially private land probably means those lots west of the baseball stadium.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I was looking at a picture of the future MWC location and right accross from it accross the highway waa just vaccant land perfect for an arena Im sure someone owns the land but thats where negotiating come into play but I feel there are a lot of good available land to build it on

Anonymous
5 years ago

People whine anytime someone wants the UDBL moved while Miami needs all the available vacant land it has now for housing it’s ever growing poputation and some people want to waste some of that by putting a soccer stadium on it.

The site next to the Marlins stadium is a no-brainer.

christo
5 years ago

I am still hooked on the Bayfront Park/Bayside Malls site. A low rise mixed unit development project can be constructed to include a parking garage to satisfy needs for Miami Skyrise, concerts at the park, an expanded Bayside Shoppes and a new soccer stadium. This could be done by demolishing the low preforming wing (food court) of the Mall and the amphitheater. A soccer stadium could be place in the site of the amphitheater, and retail shops and restaurants could be built around it. This would eliminate the costs for setting up retaining fences and road blocks that are required for the many concerts that are held at the park.

Danny
5 years ago

The mall operator has renewed the lease on Bayside Mall and I believe is under design for construction.

marc
5 years ago

Do you guys realize that in order for the Beckham group to build in all of these “ideal” sites they’d have to pay fair market value for enough lots to fit a 25 to 35,000 seat stadium? Do you realize what the cost of that would be? Then possibly deal with the people of that neighborhood because you’re displacing them or because you’re adding a noisy stadium to an area that has none is no easy feat. So now after paying for this land they have to now pay for the stadium too. This all has to be feasible within their business model which I think it is not or else it would have happened already. They want free land as part of the deal or else it ain’t happening.

Gables
5 years ago

Hopefully they are still discussing a location next to Marlins Stadium with the extension of Metromover through East Little Havana. That would seem to provide the most benefit for the community.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Forget Metromover. Bring us some real rail, either light or heavy. Metromover is slow, small, and nearly as expensive in terms of infrastructure.

Anonymous
5 years ago

If the Metromover is going to get extended west into Little Havana because of this stadium, good! Otherwise, waiting for Miami’s elected officials to make a decision on bringing light or heavy rail into little Havana is like waiting for Jupiter1 to finally reach the first planet outside of our solar system.

suomynona
5 years ago

Much rather have the Metro Mover go north from Downtown to Wynwood, Midtown and Design District than head west through a mostly low-rise residential neighborhood.

marc
5 years ago

I’d much rather have one going to Wynwood/Midtown too but if this idea is getting traction as a byproduct of the soccer stadium deal, I’m for it going anywhere we don’t have it already.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Unfortunately, the mayor in his latest interview all but dismissed ever adding more “heavy rail” saying it cost 200 million per 1/4 mile or some BS.