Marlins Could Kill Soccer Stadium; Mayor Consults Lawyers

Mayor Tomás Regalado was apparently unaware of the rights that the Marlins have to essentially kill a soccer stadium next to Marlins Park, until Michael Lewis wrote about it in Miami Today last week.

Beckham’s partners were also apparently not informed of those issues by local politicians, who had pushed for the soccer stadium to be built next to the ‘tainted’ Marlins site. A tweet by Beckham partner Marcelo Claure hinted that he thought the article to be false.

Here is a list of the rights that the county and city signed over rights to the Marlins as part of the $3 billion scam, according to Lewis:

  • Soccer can’t sell naming rights until the Marlins have sold theirs first
  • Even if the hated Marlins do find a sponsor for naming rights, soccer cannot sell to a sponsor that might conflict
  • Exterior ads on soccer stadium may not conflict with any major Marlins sponsor
  • If Marlins sign a sponsor which conflicts with a soccer sponsor, soccer may not renew
  • Soccer stadium may not direct light towards Marlins Stadium
  • Soccer Stadium must mesh architecturally with Marlins Stadium
  • Marlins get to review all soccer stadium plans, specifications and leases before construction or lease execution
  • Soccer stadium construction may not interfere with any event or game at Marlins Stadium, starting from two hours before the event/game
  • Marlins have first choice on dates/times. Soccer may not begin until four hours after Marlins event/game ends
  • Soccer may not be scheduled from March 15 to Nov. 15 until the Marlins have chosen dates
  • Soccer must pay at least the rate that Marlins pay for parking, but Marlins have first choice on dates
  • Soccer stadium cannot have a ticket brokerage
  • Soccer retail cannot be a competitor of Marlins sponsors
  • Soccer stadium cannot have fast-food restaurants when the stadium is not in use
  • Soccer cannot have portable food stands or giveaways from three hours before Marlins game or event until one hour after
  • No outside company may sell Soccer merchandise
  • No Soccer stadium use may ever interfere with any parking, game or event at Marlins Stadium, even if not baseball related

Regalado consulted with city lawyers after the article appeared in Miami Today on Wednesday, but still thinks that ‘that all of these issues can be solved.’

 

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Marc305
6 years ago

I for one still hope the option to build it on Overtown and close to the Metro is still on the table. Build a stadium that can be accessed through public transportation and without someone else dictating what you can and cannot do!

Dave
6 years ago

Could be the best thing to come out of the Marlins stadium if it forces Beckham and co to look for a better location than this awful site.

Marc305
6 years ago

I really hope you are right Dave

Anonymous
6 years ago

Can we kick the marlins out and let Beckham have Marlins Park? The Panthers are getting better, the dolphins are alright, the Heat are consistent, and the marlins plain suck

dbaz
6 years ago

This stadium will come back and bite the city in the ass for years to come, whether its public funds, lack of transit, a sucking team or this. The city of Miami sold its soul to the Devil, and the Devil is the Marlins Org

Karl
6 years ago

Regalado, what a joke for a polititian…so much for his parking in neighbors lots like the old orange bowl days that put money in the pockets of Little Havana land owners. This guy governs with out looking at the deals that have restrictions. Is that just plain blind and clueless. To think that he now is stiffling the opportunity to create an Innovation District in Overtown because he doesn’t understand the Media Tower and has introduced restrictions so that Media Towers are stricken from Miami 21. Remember 5 years earlier, he worked out a back office deal with Mark Siffin to do a larger 2 Media Towers in Omni. Siffin didn’t have the money and his option on the Miami herlad land expired. Innovation Districts are catalyst for new economies as being seen in fringe areas of downtowns in Philadelphia, St Louis, Brooklyn, Detroit, Boston and others that tie new technologies, R+D to new live, play, work enviornments. Or look at Dundas Square in Toronto that is 40,000 Sf or an acre and has become a prominant landmark in Toronto with vibrancy and new digital technologies where people gather year around . The draw has had an enormous effect for Toronto and this was conceived and created in less than 10 years. Beckham should consider Overtown and Regalado should create a task force to create a vibrant Innovation District in Overtown. That would require vision and community work, neither or which Regalado has nor has ever demonstrated to the Overtown Community or other communities of color in Miami.

Dave
6 years ago

Park West will have 20,000 residents with the additional 8,000 from Miami World Center.
Miami Central will add thousands of new residents as well. Not to mention the thousands in Overtown. This is a high density residental neighborhood. No place for a 65 story billboard blasting the light of 60 full moons in the windows of tens of thousands of residents. This would destroy the neighborhood.
This project would condem the neighborhood to be a slum.

On topic, we should boycott the Marlins if they cause anymore damage to the city.

Karl
6 years ago

Dave, you are ignorant and read the BS propaganda of Scenic Miami, who think that America should revert to the 1950 and earlier. Scenic area should remain pristine, while urban areas should embrace new technologies and be a live,work and play enviornment. The Miami Innovation Tower that is being proposed is 3 sided with varying display sizes of 22K ft2, 26K ft2 and 30k ft2 with the LED on a mesh technology morphing with the tower as it turns. The LEDs start at close to 300 feet above ground, or almost 30 stories up. Furthermore, the foot candles or light level at 400 feet away are between 1-2 foot candles which follows the Miami Dade regulations for open parking lots. If you really want to understand the effect on the neighborhood, stand 10-20 feet under the AA Arena Mesh that has LED embedded and you will see that it has very little effect.

The soccer stadium next to the Marlins stadium is a hair brain idea and will fail. The polititians are leaderless and almost always go for deals that are based on fear of lossing an opportunity rther than shaping the right opportunity. Overtowns development is emminent but the formula that the short sighted polititians are creating are what the developers are pushing…high residential, high end retail, Class A office…etc. Overtown, Park West can be far more vibrant and the market place can dictate that as parking regulations are loosened, residential unit sizes are made smaller for micro apartments and the work place becomes more open space similar to what you see in California for the technology companies and communities. This is smart growth. Furthermore, Overtown is 1/2 a mile from the Miami Health District that already hold 40K jobs. Overtown can be the connection to that District. Miami would be that much better by connecting the dots to smart growth rather than dividing and spreading districts because the polititians lack back bone and vision.

Anonymous
6 years ago

You don’t seem to know Miami geography…

Marc305
6 years ago

There is definitely enough space to build this Stadium in Overtown. It may not be the ideal area for it right now but like Karl says Overtown will look completely different in the next few years and if done right, this area would be amazing for all these fans to stay around and have dinner and drinks along the new Miami World Center and Grand Central Miami. The politicians in Miami lack foresight, and think that going backwards, like parking in front of people’s houses is the way to go. I hope the Beckham group reconsiders and moves away from the Orange Bowl site.

Anonymous
6 years ago

it would be comical if it weren’t such a shining example of the poor leadership running MIami.

Anonymous
6 years ago

lol.

Jz
6 years ago

As usual, good news…for the lawyers.

Marc305
6 years ago

The Overtown location is not some far fetched idea, Beckham was considering it and The Next Miami had an article about it. Here is the link:

https://www.thenextmiami.com/index.php/beckham-looks-at-overtown-as-a-possible-stadium-site/

Yes there would be some apartment buildings that would need to go, the same that would happen if they build next to the Orange Bowl. The difference is the proximity to the Metro Station and a location that will be fantastic in the next few years.

MO
6 years ago

Build a metro rail/mover line and this site works. Not to mention how many residents you will be helping. Also, not considering how many future residents you will be attracting to Flagler developments. Is anyone seeing what’s happening along the metro rail along US1? Projects do not stand on their own; they need to be a part of a greater plan. Mass transportation can transform many sites, and thus, many areas.

Marc305
6 years ago

@MO – The thing is MO that they will not build a Metro or Metromover. As Regalado said, he thinks that parking in front of people’s houses is just fine.

Anonymous
6 years ago

There are a bit more deserving needs for public transit than a damn soccer stadium. Given, this metro line could benefit Little Havana, but to solely build a metro line for the stadium is ludicrous with all of the other glaring needs for public transit.

marc
6 years ago

For the people constantly suggesting Overtown, where exactly would this stadium fit? I’d also like to know what the African/American community would think of that, they’re raising all kinds of hell for development in Parkwest so I could only imagine the uproar when a soccer stadium along with all its other amenities gets proposed to be built in this historic district. The other thing is, if your going solely by looking at google maps or earth and seeing a bunch of empty lots and assume there’s plenty of room, think again. There’s all kind of low income construction rising that isn’t visible yet.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Build the Soccer stadium in Kendall.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Love how our poloticians don’t even read proposals, and if they do, they blatantly try to defraud other investors. Jeffrey Fraudria

chris
6 years ago

Bayfront Park site, joined with the Bayside Mall is a better location. The amphitheater and food court could be replaced with a stadium. It would be perfect for soccer and the many concerts held at the site already.

John
6 years ago

I’d rather keep the green space at Bayfront.

Anonymous
6 years ago

You’re joking right? Bayfront Park amphitheater hosts a range of festivals and concerts for the city- its one of the reasons we’re the “Magic” city. Plus it’d be nice to keep at least one park safe from development

Anonymous
6 years ago

I don’t think Miami is the magic city because of that ugly back dated amphitheater