Mayor: Still No Parking Planned For Beckham’s Overtown Soccer Stadium

David Beckham still plans on building a 25,000 seat soccer stadium in Overtown without any parking.

Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez told ESPN yesterday that Beckham’s partners are instead counting on fans to either walk, take public transportation, use a ride sharing service, or park in one of thousands of existing nearby spots.

Beckham’s plan is in sharp contrast to Marlins Stadium, where several massive (and highly criticized) parking garages were built.

Gimenez said that fans heading to the stadium could walk from MiamiCentral, which will have four types of rail service: Metrorail, Metromover, Brightline, and Tri-Rail. The station is about a 15 minute walk from the stadium site, according to Google Maps.

There is still a possibility that the partners will add parking when they apply for zoning, Gimenez added. The ownership group still is waiting for the results of a lawsuit appeal filed by Bruce Matheson challenging the county’s land sale to Beckham.

 


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Anonymous

Please keep it this way! The short walks will spur development and encourage a pre and post game activity. On-site parking encourages in and out behavior. The river is already developing and this will help.

Anonymous

New Mayor making movesssss.

wait

Carlos Giménez, mayor of Miami-Dade county, has been in office since 2011. Article makes no reference to new city mayor.

Anonymous

I live in Brickell and I plan to take the Metro to the game. Get off at Culmer and walk the 3 blocks. After the game I will probably walk to River Spice, get some drinks and Uber back. Definitely do not need a garage.

Anonymous

I completely agree and I also think this article is misleading if you are able to get to Miami Central why not just hop on the
Metro and ride over to the Culmer Station. From there it is only a 5 minute walk to the new Stadium and not 16 minutes. That’s what I’ll be doing.

Anonymous

“if you are able to get to Miami Central why not just hop on the
Metro and ride over to the Culmer Station?”

BECAUSE WE’RE LAZYYYY!!!!…..

Anonymous

So because you’re lazy you want to walk 9 extra minutes?

Weirdo.

Anonymous

Um, what?

Anonymous

They need to surround the Stadium with 1/4 block distance parking garages. At least about 8 to 9 indoor parking garages, so I can safely get there with my friends from the Gables, and my 2018 Beemer will be safe from these Overtown street thugs. Double the street lighting and have Police escorting us back to our cars in the garages safe and sound. That’s all. Thank you.

Anonymous

LOL, I see what you did there 🙂

Anonymous

Wink* ? lol.

Anonymous

LMAO. This is how people be thinking for real. Nicely put.

Anonymous

Funny but actually how some people think.

Reality here

Yeah…the people that buy sporting event tickets think like this. They don’t want to walk for blocks in the ghetto and get their car vandalized. Go figure.

Anonymous

Bruh! Lmao ? good one.

wait

I’m saying tho

Anonymous

Um, you forgot the valet parking also.

marc

And a 6 minute walk from Culmer Station, how bout that?

Anonymous

rich people don’t even know culmer exists

Anonymous

I’m poor, what is a Culmer ?

Anonymous

I’m wealthy, and I can tell you that, Culmer station is a station on the Metrorail rapid transit system just northeast of the Spring Garden neighborhood of Miami, Florida, near the Midtown Interchange.

Anonymous

Do not mention Spring Garden!!!! They Sue you!

Anonymous

It’s mentioned in Wikipedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culmer_station

wait

Thank you for your contribution and self-affirmation.

Anonymous

You’re welcome, you poor soul who won’t be able to afford the expensive seats at the stadium.

wait

I’m honestly not much of a soccer fan; I prefer football and baseball. Also, consider your poor grammar skills before imposing your anonymous “wealth’ on a blog site – very telling.

Anonymous

No need to build garages for 17 home games.

Kristian

University of Miami should go in with them and build the stadium larger so it can accommodate the Hurricanes in downtown, not in BFE.

Anonymous

Right? Id much rather have a joint stadium for both teams in a decent area than that one in the ghetto. Marlins Stadium didn’t spur much development. What makes anyone think this will be different?

Anonymous

Well Einstein, for one thing this stadium will be built three blocks away from a Metro Station and is surrounded by new development, including Brightline’s Miami Central, World Center, and the new River Landing. All of which are missing in Little Havana.

soccer balls

“three blocks away”…..yeah the bums smell better on this section of dog patch lol you just proved his point Mensa member

Anonymous

UMiami is too cheap for that. You know it. I know it. They know it.

They like letting the Dolphins pay for the stadium upgrades. Much cheaper that way

Miami Hurricane

I’m in the middle. I have loathed playing at the Dolphin’s stadium for the last decade as much as I loathed the 2 head coaches before the current one. But now that they closed the roof off it’s actually one of the loudest stadiums in the country and gets the fans going. Even Tom Brady had a hard time playing there this season. Hurricane Athletics will need to see ticket sales drop off again with the new head coach (e.g., once the city gets used to Miami being a top 20 team) to justify the move.

Anonymous

A soccer field is waaay bigger than a football field. They could easily play football there if they wanted to.

Anonymous

Agree with responses. No need for parking garage. It will just add to the traffic in area and we want more pedestrians than cars during games

Anonymous

There will be Police presence at the games and according to that map, Miami Police Dept. is right there.

marc

Just like every other sporting event in the country.

305

park and ride metro rail

Anonymous

Uber from Brickell.

Anonymous

I think walking to the stadium is great but the area isn’t the safest but I’m sure they will be ok. One other thing I want to add is the sidewalks in Miami are like 3 feet across. It makes no sense to me that a city like this wants to encourage people to walk when only 2 people side by side can fit on the sidewalk. Now take some 20,000 fans trying to walk to an from the game on 3ft sidewalks. Others cities dont have this issue with walkability an you can tell by the width of their sidewalks in comparison.

Anonymous

Don’t worry, this place will be lucky to get 5000 people in the seats a game once the attendance drops.

Anonymous

Great news!

Anonymous

So, I’m in full favor of people using mass transit to get to games. But, how many people walk from the Overtown MetroRail sta to the Amer Air Arena for concerts?
There needs to be a multi pronged effort to get people out of their cars to attend these events. Extend the MetroMover north and south, east and west. It’s reasonable to extend it right over Biscayne Blvd.

This is something that the Amazon judges will certainly be asking questions about. How can we extend Miami mass transit?

How about The Miami Stars for a name?

Anonymous

Um, a lot…maybe try it out instead of wildly posturing?

Anonymous

Well, a lot do it for Heat games. No idea about concerts…

Anonymous

no need to walk, you transfer from metro rail to metro mover, drops right in front of AAA

Anonymous

Dang, you beat me to the exact same comment…..

Anonymous

The AAA has it own parking garage, that encourage the people to drive there.

soccer balls

The Miami Fusion failed with a far better stadium location (in the center of the population center of the South Florida metro area) and with tons of parking. But this stadium tucked away in the middle of a Dade county slum with no parking is gonna be a success. There aren’t nearly enough metrosexsual neo-yuppies downtown to support this stadium (this ain’t Chicago, folks), and the fans in Weston and West Kendall aren’t going to be caught street parking and walking blocks in the hood. Lots of you “next Miamians” need to think outside your condo walls and see the big picture.

Anonymous

Listen here soccer balls, how do you figure that Lockhart was a better stadium location? It had no public transportation and it was in the middle of no where in Ft. Lauderdale with a team that called itself Miami Fusion that did not play in Miami, furthermore it was a High School stadium. The team had no stars except for Valderrama and still managed to win the MLS Supporters Shield the year it folded. You are going to compare that with Beckham’s Miami team that will play in a brand new professional stadium in the middle of Miami, in an area that will not remain the hood forever, three blocks away from the Metro? Really? And oh yeah, I am sure that people in West Kendall would much prefer to drive to Lockhart because it is so much closer to them. Genius!

Anonymous

NW 7th Avenue and the triangular area between it and Spring Garden are ripe for some more transit-oriented development like Seybold Pointe.

Anonymous

An elevated walkway to Culmer Station with direct platform access. At least 2 pre-game and 3 post-game express trains from/to both Dadeland and Palmetto.

Game night pedestrian only zone on North River Drive and NW 3rd street.

Anonymous

Soccer Fans, for the most part go to watch the Game!! WE do not need a parking lot to tailgate!!

Anonymous

Speak for yourself. My dad used to take me to the Fusion games when I was a kid and we always tailgated. Put a park in front of the stadium and we will be there again.

Anonymous

“Beckham’s partners are instead counting on fans to either walk, take public transportation, use a ride sharing service, or park in one of thousands of existing nearby spots.” Sounds like a business model meant to fail.

No way Jose

No parking? In Miami? It will never work!