Wednesday, 7 June 2017

David Beckham Finally Gets Land For MLS Stadium

England and Manchester United legend David Beckham, will soon have the piece of land he needs to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami, more than four years after his ownership group started scouting potential homes.
Miami-Dade County commissioners approved a deal on Tuesday to sell three acres of county land to Beckham's group, the last segment of a nine-acre plot on which a 25,000-seat stadium is planned to be built.

Miami Beckham United will pay just over $9 million for the last piece of land.

It has already paid $19 million for the other six acres needed.

Beckham's group says the planned stadium would be privately funded, and the stadium would also be subject to county property tax.

MLS has not yet officially awarded Miami an expansion franchise, but the Miami Herald reported the group is hopeful that formality will be completed this month now that a land/stadium deal is in place.
“By purchasing the last piece of land needed for our privately-funded stadium, Miami Beckham United (MBU) is achieving another major milestone on the way to Major League Soccer formally awarding Miami a franchise,” the group said in a statement.

“[The group has] assembled a world-class team of partners, presented a vision for building the premier soccer club in the Americas, and assembled the land needed to build our stadium. Now is the time for MLS to move forward in helping us deliver the soccer club that Miami has been waiting for.”

“I will tell you this is probably the best site we have found, for many respects,” Beckham group attorney Neisen Kasdin said, before listing reasons that include the site’s proximity to several modes of public transportation and the Miami River.

“This land has been an eyesore for years. ... Something needs to be done with it, now,” said commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who represents the neighborhood where the stadium is planned.

“As far as sports deals go with the county, this one isn’t so bad,” commissioner Joe Martinez said.

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