Miami stepping closer to MLS dream with David Beckham
Iconic footballer David Beckham and entrepreneur Marcelo Claure are still looking into ways of bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami. However, their plans might get shot down in its early stage if the potential ownership group is unable to secure a stadium for their dream. A recent report indicates that Beckham and Claure have made progress over this matter and a decision will arrive before the end of this week.
Back in July Beckham announced that he was “excited” about a MLS project he was going to take up. The English footballer also admitted that he had a “big decision” to make over the location of the club. It is now understood that this decision should have been made in accordance to the availability of space for a stadium.
Recently the Miami Herald announced that Beckham and Claure met with a party in Japan last week. It is believed that this new party will help the duo in their search for a stadium. Beckham and Claure have already been reviewing potential places. The duo have visited Sun Life Stadium and FIU Stadium, but none of the venues have been deemed ideal by MLS officials.
Meanwhile, Italian entrepreneur Alessandro Butini met with a London-based business party who are interested in investing in such a project. According to reports the investment group, MIA4MLS.com, have plans to team up with the University of Miami to develop a soccer stadium.
“(MLS commissioner Don) Garber told me the stadium is the biggest variable, the No. 1 priority, so I am tackling that issue head on,” Butini told the Miami Herald. “MLS is looking for an 18,000- to 20,000-seat venue with covering for the fans, good drainage, FIFA compliant, luxury suites and first-class media facilities. I told the UM students we’d be looking at a $70 million budget for a project like this, knowing that it would likely cost closer to $85 million.”
According to the reports Butini also said that he was looking forward to work on the expansion bid. However, no news on dates was provided.
“I think the team would work great because of the changing demographics over the past 15 years, more and more foreigners, more and more passion for soccer,” Butini added. “People say Miami fans only watch foreign teams and not MLS, but if their kids grow up with local soccer heroes, that would change. Miami is an event-driven town, and my idea is to make a great fan experience at the stadium so people will want to be there.”