David Beckham group unveils new Miami stadium plan without parking
The group led by David Beckham that is trying to bring an MLS expansion franchise to Miami unveiled a plan on Wednesday for a new 25,000-seat stadium without available parking.
Miami Beckham United is near a deal to secure the last piece land in the Overtown neighborhood needed for the project, which has been delayed for years as the group struggled to find a stadium site.
Representatives for Beckham, including Tim Leiweke, said at a town hall that the privately funded stadium would create 50 permanent jobs for the neighborhood, which has raised concerns over congestion.
To address that issue, Leiweke revealed a plan to use the nearby Metrorail shuttle as well as buses and water taxis on the Miami River. It relies on fans wanting to march en masse toward the stadium, a tradition in some MLS cities like Seattle and Portland.
The group hopes to acquire 2,000 off-site parking spaces in downtown Miami and provide a shuttle service for every game.
The stadium would open in 2021, though Leiweke said an MLS team could play at Miami's NFL or Major League Baseball stadium until construction is completed.
The group also unveiled a new stadium renderings from the Populous firm -- which designed the new MLS stadium in Orlando -- that includes open walls above the seats.
In 2014, Beckham exercised his option to build a franchise for an expansion fee of just $25 million, which was agreed upon during Beckham's playing days. MLS would still have to approve the group's plans before welcoming it to the league.
The Miami team is separate from MLS's other expansion plans, in which 12 cities are currently competing for four slots, two of which are expected to be granted this year. Those teams will have to pay an expansion fee of $150 million.
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