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MLS owners support David Beckham’s proposed Overtown stadium site

David Beckham speaks with reporters after meeting with officials at Miami-Dade County government center.
David Beckham speaks with reporters after meeting with officials at Miami-Dade County government center. Miami Herald file photo

Major League Soccer owners met in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday and announced their support for David Beckham’s proposed Overtown stadium site for his Miami expansion team.

Beckham and his partners on Friday ended their pursuit of a Little Havana stadium next to Marlins Park in favor of a nine-acre site at the corner of Northwest Eighth Street and Northwest Sixth Avenue. The site is made up of a privately-owned 4.2-acre parking lot, a county owned truck depot and a vacant lot managed by the Water and Sewer Department.

The plan is for a stadium of 25,000 to 30,000 seats.

 

“We are very supportive of Miami Beckham United’s plans to locate their stadium in the City of Miami’s Overtown neighborhood,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said. “Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalization of the area.

“We look forward to working with David and his partners to finalize plans to bring Major League Soccer to Miami.”

Neither Beckham nor anyone in his investment group attended the meeting with the MLS Board of Governors. Garber updated the group on the status of the Miami stadium project.

The Overtown site is the fourth explored by Beckham during his nearly two-year quest for a Miami MLS franchise. The first three ran into political and economic hurdles. He had failed stadium bids at PortMiami, at a slip in downtown Miami next to AmericanAirlines Arena and, most recently, at the land adjacent to Marlins Park.

“We have never been closer,” Miami Beckham United, the name of the group formed by Beckham and partners, said in a statement.

Miami-Dade commissioners must approve the deal and zoning changes, and the closing date for the sale of the property is expected to be in late February.

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