Though David Beckhams group has made clear that Beckham wants his proposed MLS team to play in downtown Miami, Broward County commissioner Stacy Ritter told the Herald on Thursday that the team has now expressed willingness to speak to Broward County about a soccer-specific stadium.
Ritter said Brian Ballard, one of the teams lobbyists, conveyed that Beckhams group is now willing to listen to what Broward officials have to say. Those talks are expected soon, she said.
Its too soon to tell the level of the Beckham groups interest in this idea, but at least they told Ritter that Beckham & Co. are open to considering it.
Ritter said county-owned land near the Panthers arena (BB&T Center) would be a great fit for the stadium.
Beckhams group was very unhappy with the parcel that Miami-Dade wanted to provide, Ritter said. Were easier to deal with than the county to the south.
Beckhams top two choices for a stadium the Port of Miami site and the boat slip site next to AmericanAirlines Arena were both rejected by local government officials, and Beckhams group has said its not enthusiastic about a site near Marlins Park because the land is spiritually tainted in the wake of the Marlins controversial ballpark deal.
Beckhams group has said its assessing its options regarding Miami.