Exciting times to be involved in Miami sports. The Heat are defending champs. The Dolphins are on the rise. And the Marlins … (record scratch). Anyway, David Beckham has been awarded an MLS franchise in Miami: if, that is, he can get himself a stadium.
No problem! We’ll hire an artist to draw one!
So yeah, it’s all pretty impressive on paper. Just look at this thing, nestled next to the water at PortMiami, looking like the most glamorous MLS stadium in all the land. Included would be a futuristic roof, spectacular Miami skyline view, valet yacht parking (one assumes), and a new footbridge so fans can park downtown and walk in. Plus, the University of Miami is saying it wants in: to expand the stadium from 20,000 to 40,000 seats and share it for football.
This is what Beckham envisions, if he can find a way to buy the property. Huffington Post:
“When people think of Miami, they immediately think about being near or on the water,” Beckham said in a statement. “I asked my team to develop ideas for a stadium that embraces the best of the destination. Even though we are in the early stages of building the franchise, I believe we have a vision that not only Miami would be proud of, but one that will resonate around the world.”
Caution: this is all speculative at this point, especially considering what happened with the funding of the new Marlins Stadium. Miami New Times:
Beckham and his principal investor, Bolivian-born billionaire Marcelo Claure, have pledged to pay for the stadium themselves, but as usual, there is one bone for taxpayers to chew on: Since the stadium would be built on county-owned land, Beckham’s group would ask for a tax break like the Heat and Marlins have on their properties.
Being associated with the Marlins Stadium — a funding fiasco that in part caused the successful recall of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez — is not a road paved with gold here, I would imagine. But aren’t the renderings below dazzling?
Beckham: why we want to have the stadium in a certain place. The funding is in place. The goal is to have a team playing by 2016."
— MLS in MIAMI (@Miami_MLS) March 25, 2014
According to global warming experts, this whole site will be underwater in eight years anyway. Wait … floating stadium! Genius!
Images, design by Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture.