David Beckham heads to Tallahassee, seeks state aid for soccer stadium

David Beckham heads to Tallahassee Tuesday in a bid for state aid for the soccer stadium he hopes to build at PortMiami.

“I love a challenge,” the soccer star told reporters Monday after confirming the trip to the state Capitol.

Beckham wants Florida legislator to grant his proposed team the same kind of yearly stadium subsidy the state in the past has awarded to new sports stadiums. Both the Miami Heat and the Miami Dolphins receive about $2 million a year from Florida, as compensation for construction of the basketball arena in 2000 and retrofitting the Dolphins' football stadium for baseball in the 1990s.

“We want to be treated like the other franchises,” Beckham said Monday during a press conference at Miami Dade College.

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