David Beckham Purchases Land For Future Soccer Stadium in Miami

Hope Soto
June 7, 2017

After a four-year quest, David Beckham on Tuesday finally secured land to build a soccer stadium in Miami after county commissioners approved selling him three acres for $9 million.

"We appreciate the support of the Mayor and the County Commissioners to assist in efforts to try to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to Miami", MLS said in a statement after yesterday's vote.

MLS had conditionally approved the addition in its last round of expansion, pending a stadium deal.

For those thirsting for David Beckham's MLS Miami dream to finally become a reality, it's nearly time to whip out the pots and pans.

When signed with MLS a decade ago, Beckham received an option to buy at MLS club for $25 million, a reasonable price for a league that then had 13 teams.

Beckham has the next 60 days to finalize a deal with MLS for his Miami franchise, which includes league approval of the stadium site, the ownership team and financing. However, Beckham's group won with a 9-4 vote.

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"This land has been an eyesore for years".

Although entering into an agreement with the County today is a major step, the Beckham group will need to take further action before the contract is binding and construction on the land can begin, including working with the city of Miami. There's also skepticism about the Beckham group's plan to build a stadium with no on-site parking, with plans instead to rely on shuttles, walking and public transportation.

Miami Beckham United has been seeking for more than three years to get a stadium project off the ground. Miami-Dade Water and Sewer kicked in $125,000 to pay for documentary stamps, and the county will front $593,000 to clean up hazardous waste from the land. As they did at a community meeting in Overtown last month, Spring Garden residents howled that the huge stadium would bring noise and crowds to their historic neighborhood.

The victory for Beckham came just one day after the San Diego City Council decided not to finance a special election that would have brought plans of building a new soccer complex there to a vote.

But the biggest issue may have had nothing to do with Beckham, or how MLS failed in South Florida once before. In a pair of tweets, Donovan wrote that "we have to respect the process" and that "just because we're down at halftime doesn't mean we stop trying".

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